It hasn’t happened since 1976 when Evonne Goolagong Cawley was ranked the world’s top female tennis player.
But now, 43 years later, Queenslander Ashleigh Barty landed the number one spot on the weekend after she won the Birmingham Classic, following her French Open win earlier in the month, by vanquishing her doubles partner, Germany’s Julia Goerges.
This also means that Barty will head into next week’s Wimbledon tournament, the crème de la crème of tennis tournaments, as the number one seed.
Incredibly, this win for Barty comes three years after she quit tennis, suffered depression and home-sickness, and, remarkably, forged a professional cricket career, the New Daily reported.
With comparisons naturally being made between Barty and Goolagong Cawley, the former is humble in light of being included in the same tier as the tennis legend:
"I'm nowhere near her status," Barty told the ABC. "To be mentioned in the same sentence is incredible. Evonne, she's an amazing human being and has set the tone for so many Australians and so many indigenous Australians around our country and around the world.”
Other Aussies who have graced the number one position in the world of tennis are: John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt, who enjoyed 80 weeks at the summit between 2001 and 2003, and are the only other Australians to have reached the number one spot.
Barty is the 27th woman in 46 years to top the rankings and the fourth youngest in a decade, the New Daily reported.