World no.1 has announced her withdrawal from the Indian Wells and Miami for a return in April, following the inability for her body to recover in time after the Australian Open. ” I have not been able to prepare for Indian Wells and Miami”, said the two time defending Miami Open Champion. However, she hopes to be back for the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying event beginning on April 15th. She is set to play against Slovakia.
“I don’t believe I am at the level necessary to win these events I don’t believe I am at the level necessary to win these events and as a result, I have decided to withdraw from both tournaments. I love these events and am sad not to be there competing but getting my body right must be my focus”, said the Australian through the WTA Insider on Twitter. Barty was undefeated throughout January winning both singles and doubles titles at the Adelaide International, becoming the first-ever Australian to end the 44-year-old drought also to win the Australian Open, which is her third major title. But the three-time Grand Slam Champion has struggled with shoulder, back and foot injuries during her career.
Ash Barty has withdrawn from Indian Wells and Miami, aims to return in April for Australia’s home tie at the Billie Jean King Cup. https://t.co/WCDgbQ65XI
Full statement from Barty: pic.twitter.com/oAkT53vHdA
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 3, 2022
The withdrawal shall mean a loss of points for the Australian and Indian Wells will be without two players who made the women’s final at the season’s first major, including Danielle Collins, the top-ranked American, who is also undergoing treatment for her injuries. She also added that events around the world, including the Australian floods, have been tough and that she wishes peace and hope for the people of Ukraine.