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Ash Barty Wins Young Australian Of The Year

Tennis star Ash Barty has netted a national prize as she battles to become Australia's first Open singles champion since 1978.

The 23-year-old tennis sensation from Ipswich in Queensland has been named 2020 Young Australian of the Year.

Barty has been inspirational as she climbed the ranks to become the world's number one women's singles player, as well as serving as the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.

Due to her Melbourne Park campaign, Barty was unavailable to be in Canberra for the awards ceremony on Saturday, but instead 2002 Australian of the Year Pat Rafter presented it to her in an interview room at the Open.

"All of my values that I've lived by and try to live by every single day, regardless of whether it's in sport ... all come from mum and dad," she said.

With AAP