The WTA Finals campaign of Ash Barty is in jeopardy after the world No. 1 withdrew from Indian Wells.
Ash Barty, the world number one, has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which starts next Monday.
Ash Barty, the world number one, has withdrawn from the WTA 1000 event at Indian Wells. It comes after the withdrawals of Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, and raises the question of whether she will play again this season, including at the WTA Finals at the end of the year.
Following the pandemic in 2020, Barty chose to stay at home due to Australia’s tight travel restrictions.
The world No. 1 then decided to play a complete season until at least the US Open, and has spent the majority of the year on the road.
Her trip has undoubtedly been worthwhile, since she has won the Miami Open, Stuttgart Open, Cincinnati Masters, and Wimbledon.
Following a shock third-round exit at the US Open to Shelby Rogers, the Australian announced in her post-match press conference that she would be competing in Indian Wells, the 1000-point event nicknamed the “fifth Grand Slam.”
When asked if she expected to participate in the BNP Paribas Open, the top seed said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Barty, on the other hand, appears to have reversed her decision, with the event confirming her withdrawal.
Though no official reason has been revealed for her decision, many assume the 25-year-old feels she has spent too much time away from home, and that she will end her 2021 season to return to Australia and undergo a two-week hotel quarantine before returning home.
If that is the case, the two-time Grand Slam champion will be unable to compete in the WTA Finals, which have been shifted to Guadalajara, Mexico, as a one-off this year due to Shenzhen’s inability to host the tournament.
The world No. 1 was the first player to qualify for the season-ending event, which pits the year’s top eight players against one another in round robin matches in the hopes of reaching the semi-finals and final and winning up to 1500 ranking points.
After her coach, Craig Tyzzer, slammed the decision to shift the tournament to Mexico, Barty was already a question mark for the WTA Finals.
“We just found out that Mexico should be at.”