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Barty keen to remain at the top

25th July 2019, 16:10 by Gareth Freeman

Ashleigh Barty is targeting further improvements after claiming a maiden Grand Slam title and top spot in the rankings in 2019.

The Australian ended last year as the world number 15 and has enjoyed a remarkable rise up the rankings this year, moving to the top of the WTA standings at the end of June after winning her first major at the French Open.

Barty, 23, admits she wasn't anticipating this level of success at the start of the season and now hopes to stay at the top for as long as possible.

"It's been just the most incredible journey for us and my team - it's happened very quickly," Barty said of her 2019 campaign so far to reporters in Brisbane.

"We had plans and goals for this year to try and crack into that Top 10 and that was kind of the next level for me and then to be able to get to world number one so quickly has been incredible.

"We worked incredibly hard for it and enjoyed every single minute of it and now the challenge for us is to keep improving and try and stay there as long as we can."

She added: "I'm more driven and more and more hungry than ever to try and get better - there are still so many players out there that I want to beat."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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