‘I need to prioritise my body’ – Ash Barty withdraws from WTA Finals

Ash Barty has confirmed that she will not compete in the year-ending WTA Finals as she looks to prioritise the Australian Open in 2022. 

The Australian star has chosen not defend her WTA Finals crown in Guadalajara as she admits she is ‘not willing’ to compromise her preparations for the Australian Open with the ongoing quarantine requirements.

The Wimbledon champion, who has enjoyed a successful 2021 campaign, returned to Australia after the US Open in September and had to undergo a two week quarantine period.

“I wanted to let everyone know that I won’t be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico,” Barty said in a statement.

“It was a difficult decision but I need to prioritise my body and my recovery from our 2021 season and focus on having the strongest preseason for the Australian summer.

“With the ongoing challenges of travelling back to Queensland and quarantine requirements, I am not willing to compromise my preparation for January. I wish the WTA team and the players all the best for a successful WTA Finals and rest of the year.”

Barty now has her eyes firmly set on a strong run at the Australian Open after her quarter-final run earlier this year – a title she is desperate to win in front of her home faithful.

“My focus is now on the Australian summer and doing everything I can to win the Australian Open. I can’t wait to play at home again.”

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