The Race to WTA Finals Gets Interesting After Ashleigh Barty’s Withdrawal

Published 10/23/2021, 1:06 AM EDT
Aug 18, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) acknowledges the crowd after defeating Heather Watson (GBR) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


The World No.1, Ashleigh Barty has announced some terrible news just ahead of WTA Finals. The Australian has decided to withdraw from the WTA Finals and the remainder of the year. Following her statements, all eyes are now on Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, and Anett Kontaveit as they fight for the last two spots in the WTA Finals.

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Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, and Karolina Pliskova have successfully entered the WTA finals. Moreover, recently, Gabrine Muguruza, Maria Sakkari, and Iga Swiatek also have qualified for the mega competition at WTA Finals.

So, now Badosa, Jabeur, and Kontaveit will certainly have to put in some extra effort to register their names.

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The impact of Ashleigh Barty withdrawing from WTA Finals

The Australian Ashleigh Barty has taken a break after an early exit at US Open 2021. Since then she hasn’t competed on the WTA Tour. Lately, she released some unfortunate news regarding her future participation.

She stated, With the ongoing challenges of traveling back to Queensland and quarantine requirements, I am not willing to compromise my preparation for January.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Ashleigh Barty of Australia walks off the court after a loss to Shelby Rogers of the United States during her Women’s Singles third round match on Day Six of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Moreover, she added, “I wish the WTA team and the players all the best for a successful WTA Finals and the rest of the year.”

Barty has announced that she’ll miss the WTA Finals, Billie Jean King Cup, and the remainder of the year. With her withdrawal, the gates have been opened for Badosa, Jabeur, and Kontaveit.

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Which players have qualified for the WTA Finals

A total of eight players qualify for the WTA Finals in Mexico. Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, and Karolina Pliskova already booked their spot well in advance. Furthermore, Gabrine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek have also qualified for the main event. Just recently, Maria Sakkari of Greece made history for her country. She became the first Greek woman to compete at the WTA Finals.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari reacts during her quarter final match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Now the final two spots are remaining. All the tough contenders, namely Badosa, Jabeur, and Kontaveit will be in the interesting race to mark their name at the WTA Finals. The tournament is scheduled from November 10 to November 17 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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