Australian Open Champion Ash Barty Will Skip Indian Wells, Miami Masters

by Staff | March 3rd, 2022, 8:38 pm
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Ash Barty had decided to extend her post-Australian Open title break another month, and gear-up for the clay season.

The World No. 1 announced today that she will not be playing either Indian Wells or Miami this month — she was defending her 1000 title points from Miami, which she will now lose. She also won the Miami title in 2019 and has won her last 12 matches at the event.

“I wanted to share an update on my schedule for the coming months,” the 25-year-old Barty said in a statement. “Unfortunately my body has not recovered the way I’d hoped after the Australian Open and I have not been able to adequately prepare for Indian Wells and Miami. 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.

“My aim is to represent my country at the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup event in April. After missing the BJK Cup last year I can’t wait to wear the green and gold again.

“On a more important note, it has been a tough few weeks at home in Australia and around the world. I send all of my thoughts and best wishes to everyone in Queensland and New South Wales who have been affected by the devastating floods. To the people of Ukraine, especially my peers in the tennis family, we are all thinking of you and hope for peace.”

Barty will likely keep her No. 1 ranking unless one of the top players sweep both Indian Wells and Miami.

Since her stunning loss to Shelby Rogers at the US Open third round last year, Barty has played just two events — Adelaide and the Australian Open.

Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins also withdrew from Indian Wells.

Barbora Krejcikova will be the top seed at the event which begins on Wednesday.

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