World Number one Ashleigh Barty made a convincing start of the season by lifting up the title in Adelaide and then losing a close semi-final match against the eventual champion Sofia Kenin at Australian Open 2020. Later, she lost to Petra Kvitova in semifinals of Qatar.
The reigning French Open champion Barty is skeptical about playing the North American hard-court summer tournaments this year provided they get underway amidst the on-going protests and pandemic ambiance.
The country of the USA has recorded nearly two million cases of coronavirus and more than 100 thousand people have lost their lives. And with the on-going wide-nation protests concerning racial discrimination, those conditions are simply unplayable to carry out tennis.
“It’s exciting that tennis is being talked about again. Things are moving in the right direction for us to start competing,” she addressed The Sydney Morning Herald.
“But I’d need to understand all of the information. And advice from the WTA and the USTA before making a decision on the US events. It’s not just me, it’s my team and I have to consider.”
Previously the Aussie champion Barty spoke about other crucial things in the society that currently we need to consider. And presently, her priorities are to stay safe.
Ashleigh Barty at US Open 2019
At US Open 2019 Barty reached the pre-quarterfinals and lost to China’s Wang Qiang. In the doubles domain alongside her Belarusian friend Victoria Azarenka, she reached the finals.
Towards the end of the year, she played a rollercoaster match against Naomi Osaka in the finals of China Open, and later she went on to clinch the WTA Finals title.