Ashleigh Barty Likely to Pull Out From WTA Finals 2021 After She Flies to Australia

Published 10/11/2021, 3:33 PM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia serves against Clara Tauson of Denmark in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Fans last saw World No.1 Ashleigh Barty at the US Open 2021 and she hasn’t returned to the court since then. Barty is not participating in the ongoing Indian Wells 2021 and her return date to the tour remains uncertain.

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Barty has enjoyed tremendous success on tour this year. She began the year by winning the WTA Melbourne 500, kept her momentum going, and achieved her fifth title after succeeding at the Cincinnati Masters 2021.

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Ashleigh Barty might not feature at the WTA Finals 2021

There are speculations that Barty might not play at the WTA Finals 2021 and will pull out of the tournament soon. Even though she, along with Aryna Sabalenka, have already qualified for the WTA Finals 2021, there are high chances that the 2-time Grand Slam champion will not feature at the event.

Barty is back in Australia and under such conditions, she is highly unlikely to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the WTA Finals 2021. If this is the case, it is quite possible that her 2021 season is already over.

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Barty in the 2021 tennis season

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It has been a superb season for Barty. She won a Grand Slam, a WTA 500 and 250 tournament, and two Masters titles this year. The Australian began her year on a high note after succeeding at the WTA Melbourne 500. She carried forward her momentum and then won the Miami Open 2021 trophy before grabbing the Stuttgart Open 2021 title.

Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) celebrates winning her match against Victoria Azarenka (BLR, not pictured). The Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the World No.1 player reached the finals of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, she failed to defeat Sabalenka there and it is the only tournament of the year where Barty finished as the runner-up. However, she never gave up and lifted the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title soon after this.

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Her most recent success came at the Cincinnati Masters 2021 where she defeated Jil Teichmann in straight sets to achieve her fifth title of the season. Thus, fans really hope Ashleigh Barty makes a strong comeback on the court next year. Will she be able to shine at the Australian Open 2022?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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