World No. 26 Karolina Muchova has announced that her 2021 season is over. Muchova, a former world No. 19, last played at the US Open, where she suffered a disappointing first round exit. Muchova collected a couple of notable results this year, making the Australian Open semifinal and Wimbledon quarterfinal, respectively.
"Sad to announce that the season is over for me, but the wise saying 'health first' is the one I must go with as I would love to start the new tennis year pain free and enjoy the game again!" Muchova announced.
"Thank you all for always cheering me on! "Can’t wait to see you on the court again in 2022!"
Like Muchova, Ashleigh Barty could also skip the rest of 2021
World No. 1 Barty could also sit out the rest of the season after withdrawing from the Indian Wells Masters.
“Ash has withdrawn from Indian Wells to come home and see her family in Australia,” Barty’s manager Nikki Mathias said in a statement. “She has been away from home since March and with the two week hotel quarantine requirement to come into Australia it has not been possible for her to return home before now.
“No further decisions have been made on events after Indian Wells yet." The fact that Barty doesn't seem to be too interested in playing the WTA Finals event in Guadalajara makes it even more possible that we won't see her anymore in 2021.
"We only just found out it's in Mexico at 1500 metres (above sea level) and they're using pressure-less balls," Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer told AAP. "Pressure-less balls absolutely fly. It's a ball that if you use it in normal conditions, it doesn't bounce.
"I mean, it's not the greatest advertisement for the best girls in the world to be playing something they've never done before. "In conditions they've never played, in a country they don't play and at altitude, I just feel it's ridiculous. "As a spectacle, it's just frightening."