The Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) takes pride in being part of the journey for recently crowned Australian Open women’s singles champion Ashleigh Barty.

Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Australia Open after Christine O’Neil (Chris O’Neil) in 1978. 

“We are proud and honoured that SLTA venue is one of the breeding grounds and giving the opportunity and platform to the world’s top junior players to be able to showcase and compete in Kuching,” said Dato Patrick Liew to the Sunday Post

“We hope that more and more such players will play in Kuching and eventually be able to achieve that journey to be the top 10 or 20 ranked players in the world,” added the SLTA president. 

“The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup ITF J1 and J3 (formerly Group 1 and Group 3) tournaments are essential journeys for them to collect ranking points to gain entry to Grand Slam tournaments,” said Dato Patrick

The J1 tournament is very competitive as it attracted the top 100 ranked junior players.

The ranking points for the ITF Grade A champion is 500 points, and the first runner-up gets 350 points.

As for Grade 1 and Grade 3, the singles champion and first runner-up gets 300 points and 210 points, and 100 points and 60 points, respectively.

As for the doubles champion and first runners-up, get 375 points and 262 points for Grade A, 225 points and 157 points for Grade 1 and 75 and 45 points for Grade 3.

“We (SLTA) would like to congratulate world number one women’s singles player Ashleigh Barty for recently winning the Australian Open women’s singles event.”

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Article from The Borneo Post