The accolades keep coming for world No.1 Ash Barty who was crowned Sportswomen of the Year at the Women’s Health Women in Sports Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Barty also took out the Moment of the Year award for her spectacular 2019 French Open Grand Slam win over Marketa Vondrousova.
The 23-year-old Barty, who will lead the Australian Fed Cup team in the final against France next month, accepted her awards via video link.
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“I’m very fortunate to be nominated amongst so many other empowering women in Australian sport and to come away with the win is a bonus” Barty said.
After taking a year off competitive tennis in 2014 and playing the WBBL for Brisbane Heat, Barty climbed the WTA rankings from No.623 to the top in three years.
This year, Barty became the first Australian to win a singles Grand Slam at Roland Garros since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1971.
It was also a big night for cricket, with the Australian women’s team named ‘A-Team of the Year’ for the second year in a row.
Ranked No.1 in both ODI and T20 International cricket, the Australians recently racked up their 18th consecutive ODI win.
The Aussie women are edging closer to breaking the Australian men’s outright ODI win record of 21, set in 2003.
Skipper Meg Lanning scooped the Leadership Legend award after becoming the first player to score 13 ODI centuries while leading the side against West Indies.
The Most Outstanding Woman in Sport went to golfer Hannah Green for her outstanding victory the PGA Championship.
Green took home Australia’s first golf major in a women’s tournament in 13 years and is the country’s third female to win a major.
Hundreds of biggest names in sport attended the awards gala, including Jessica Fox, Tayla Harris, Liz Ellis, and Charlotte Caslick.
Women’s Health Editor Jackie Mooney told the crowd that the event was about more than just awards.
“It’s a platform committed to supporting sportswomen at all levels,” Ms Mooney said.
“As we gear up to the Tokyo Games and the 10th Anniversary of WinS next year, we look forward to continuing to celebrate and recognise these phenomenal athletes’ achievements.