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World number one Ashleigh Barty out of WTA Finals, season ends

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Ashleigh Barty hasn’t played since her third-round loss at the US Open in September.© Instagram

World number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the season-ending WTA Finals on Saturday, opting to stay home and focus on preparing for the Australian summer. The Australian hasn’t played since his third-round loss at the US Open in September and now formally ends a year having earned his five titles, including a second major at Wimbledon after his French Open win in 2019. is included. Everyone knows that I will not participate in any other tournament, including the WTA Finals in Mexico in 2021.”

“It was a difficult decision but I need to prioritize my body and my recovery from our 2021 season and focus on the strongest pre-season for the Australian summer.”

Barty won the WTA Finals in 2019 before last year’s edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She spent much of this year abroad because of strict quarantine rules upon entering Australia, finally returning in September and undergoing a mandatory two-week stint in hotel isolation.

She said she was not ready to go again, ending any hopes of playing the WTA Finals in Guadalajara next month.

“With the ongoing challenges of traveling back to Queensland and the quarantine requirements, I am unwilling to compromise my preparation for January,” she said.

“I wish the WTA team and players a successful WTA Finals and the rest of the year.”

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Barty’s focus is now on the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, which will resume its traditional January time slot in 2022 after a pandemic-enforced delay this year.

WTA events are to be hosted in the coming weeks leading up to the season’s inaugural Grand Slam, although where in Australia they will be played has not yet been decided due to pandemic concerns.

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