Australian Ash Barty has claimed top honours in the year-long points race to Shenzhen, the WTA confirmed on Friday.
The Queenslander will tale the top seeding heading into the Sunday start of the WTA Finals in the Chinese metropolis located just over the border from Hong Kong.
Her reward for topping the 2019 leaderboard – a factory-fresh Porsche Cayenne Coupe courtesy of the event sponsor.
Barty will take the top seeding when round-robin play begins in the wrapup to 56 events staged over the course of the season.
The winner’s leading total comprised 6,476 ranking points from 14 tournaments, heading Karolina Pliskova on 5,315 points.
Barty, winner of titles at Roland Garros and Miami, will be making her singles debut at the year-ender, which moved from cosmopolitan Singapore to the Chinese city for the upcoming edition.
She is the first Australian woman to rank No. 1 since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.
“It was already an honor to qualify for the WTA Finals, but to also finish the Porsche Race to Shenzhen on top is an achievement I’m incredibly proud of,” Barty said.
“This is a special tournament for myself and my team and I’ll be fighting hard to finish the WTA season with the Shenzhen title.”
Barty owns a leading 52 victories this season and is the only player in 2019 to have gone into the second week of all four Grand Slams