Reading the tea leaves it has come as no surprise, but it has been made official that World No.1 Ash Barty has withdrawn from next weeks WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament, rescheduled from March to October.
It now looks very likely that the season will be over for Barty, who is known to be very keen to get back to Australia after six months on the road to reunite with her family, and take a break after an exhaustive schedule.
Barty’s withdrawal is another blow for the tournament, with 2018 champion Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams also not playing.
Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer also recently said she might not defend her WTA Finals crown after the season-ending tournament was moved to Mexico. A final decision is still to be made.
The news of her Indian Wells withdrawal came after Barty, world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka and French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova were all announced to have qualified for the WTA Finals.
Five more singles players have yet to be named for the finals, which will be contested by the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams.
The event is scheduled to kick off on November 8.
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