The WTA Masters in Guadalajara (10-17 November) will be contested without the best player in the world. Ashleigh Barty (WTA 1) announced on Saturday that she was ending her season.
‘It was a tough decision but I have to prioritize my body and recovery after this 2021 season and focus on having the strongest preseason for the Australian summer,’ Ashleigh said in a statement. Barty.
‘With the ongoing challenges of returning to Queensland and the quarantine requirements, I’m not ready to compromise my preparation for January,’ said the 25-year-old Australian, who had reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2020.
Ashleigh Barty returned to Australia just after the US Open, in which she was eliminated in the third round. She picked up five titles in 2021, the most recent in Cincinnati where she dominated Jil Teichmann in the final. Above all, in July, she became the first Australian to triumph at Wimbledon since 1980.
Muguruza and Swiatek OK
Ashleigh Barty’s package for the Masters also allows Garbiñe Muguruza and Iga Swiatek to validate their ticket. The Spaniard and the Polish join Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari among the qualified. The last place will go to Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur or Anett Kontaveit.