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Barty, Hsieh Finish as WTA No. 1s

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty wrapped up her second year in a row as the WTA Year-End World No.1. 11-3 in 2020, Barty did not win a Grand Slam title but did win Adelaide and reached the semis in Melbourne and Doha. Her total number of weeks at the top ranking is not an even 50 weeks. Barty’s two most prestigious titles in 2019 were winning Roland Garros and the Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China. Barty is the eleventh player to hold the year-end no. 1 ranking through two consecutive seasons. She will most likely gain endorsement bonuses from her two sponsors Fila and Head racquets.

Su-wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei earned the WTA Year-End World No.1 Doubles Ranking for the first time in her career. Hsieh was also WTA doubles no. 1 in 2014, the year she won Roland Garros doubles titles (she also won Wimbledon in 2013). Hsieh, who will turn 35 years old in January 2021, is into her 26th non-consecutive week as the No.1 doubles player. Her parter in 2020, Czech Republic veteran Barbora Strycova, finished the year at No.2. The diminutive, dynamic duo reached a Tour-leading five doubles finals in 2020, posting a 23-2 win-loss record by capturing the titles in Brisbane, Dubai, Doha, and Rome. They were also finalists at the Australian Open. Hsieh is currently ranked 66 in singles. Hsieh currently does not have any sponsorship deals with any tennis companies but does prefer to use Yonex racquets and Nike shoes.

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