After Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty Announces Disappointing News Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/05/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during her second round match against Poland’s Magda Linette REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Australian World No.1 Ashleigh Barty saw a tragic end to her French Open 2021 campaign. Looking strong for the title, she had to pull out midway from her second-round match due to a hip injury.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning her first round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Following the match, the Aussie ace expressed her disappointment in full as she came from an astonishing clay-court season. She added that she would now work hard on her recovery.

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“We did absolutely everything we could to give myself a chance,” Barty said. “It sucks. But now, (I will work) on recovery as soon as possible.”

Ashleigh Barty resigns from WTA German Open post the French Open 2021 withdrawal

After the Roland-Garros conclusion, Barty had scheduled WTA German Open in her calendar. It would have been her first grass-court tournament before Wimbledon Championships 2021.

However, still under recovery process, the 25-year-old has announced her withdrawal from the tournament. Hence, she will not be playing in Berlin between June 14 and June 20.

Before Barty, even Japanese World No.2 Naomi Osaka pulled out from Berlin. The decision came after she withdrew from the French Open 2021 on mental health grounds.

Undoubtedly, they both are the backbone of the WTA family. So, fans will hope that they come back more powerful on the court soon.

Most significantly, Wimbledon Championships 2021 will start on June 28, and their attendance will be vital. Given their early exit, Barty and Osaka have time to regroup and reestablish their 2021 season.

However, it is a rare occasion in tennis where the top two seeds at Roland-Garros departed before the third round. Consequently, other women players have a significant chance to make the most of it.

Who benefited the most from Barty and Osaka’s withdrawal at French Open 2021?

2019 Roland-Garros champion Barty was one of the biggest favorites for the title. Therefore, her withdrawal has left the draw quite wide open.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her second round match against Poland’s Magda Linette REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Moreover, the French Open 2021 also saw many top players crashing in the first round, including Bianca Andreescu

This has surely upped chances for Serena Williams to clinch her long-awaited 24th Grand Slam title. Notable contenders remaining are last year’s winner Iga Swiatek and finalist Sofia Kenin.

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Who do you think will win the French Open 2021 now?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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