Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has secured her third consecutive year-end No. 1 finish. Barty, 25, hasn't played since the US Open and she won't be playing the WTA Finals but still she managed to secure the year-end top spot finish.
Barty enjoyed a strong 2021 season, winning five titles in six finals appearances. Barty captured her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, won Masters events in Miami and Cincinnati, as well made it all the way at the Yarra Valley Classic and Stuttgart.
Barty was the top favorite to win the US Open but she was visibly exhausted and ended up suffering a shock defeat to Shelby Rogers in the third round.
Barty officially ended her season two weeks ago
"I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico," Barty said late last month.
"It was a difficult decision but I need to prioritise my body and my recovery from our 2021 season and focus on having the strongest pre-season for the Australian summer. With ongoing challenges of travelling back to Queensland and quarantine requirements, I am not willing to compromise my preparation for January.
"I wish the WTA team and the players all the best for a successful WTA Finals and the rest of the year." Also, Barty revealed that she's vaccinated and that she felt fine after taking the jab. “I didn’t feel like there was a need for me to tell everyone whether I’ve been vaccinated or not,” Barty said.
“I have been vaccinated, I have been all my life. At the end of the day, it’s part of your medical history, there’s no necessity to share it. People make different decisions for different reasons, so you have to respect that.
“It’s personal to me. I had my vaccine in April, I had no issues. I was fit and healthy and I was doing that for the people around me and to make sure my family was safe. There’s no judgment from me."