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(Reuters) – Ash Barty dismissed strategies that she had unfairly held on to the highest ranking whereas opting to not compete on the WTA Tour for many of 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
With the pandemic stopping many from competing on the tour since March 2020, the WTA tweaked the ranking system final 12 months to make sure that gamers weren’t penalised for his or her no-shows.
The format allowed the Australian to remain on prime of the world though rivals akin to Naomi Osaka gained Grand Slam titles throughout Barty’s absence.
“I never have to prove anything to anyone,” Barty instructed reporters on Saturday after she retained her Miami Open title when Canada’s Bianca Andreescu retired halfway by means of the ultimate as a consequence of an ankle damage.
“I know there has been a lot of talk about the ranking, but I didn’t play at all last year and I didn’t improve any of my points whatsoever. Yes, I didn’t drop but I didn’t improve any. I didn’t play any at all.
“There have been women who had the possibility to enhance theirs, so I felt like I completely deserve my spot at the highest of the rankings. The 12 months we had in 2019 was unbelievable,” added Barty, who opted not to travel out of Australia for 12 months from March 2020.
Barty clinched the Miami Open in 2019 before capturing the French Open and WTA Finals. She started off 2020 by triumphing at the Adelaide International before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Tour to shut down for five months.
“I can not management what anybody else thinks or what anybody else says,” said Barty, who was playing in her first tournament abroad since February 2020.
“Everyone wants to know that it is a pandemic. It’s in all probability a once-in-a-lifetime factor for lots of us to undergo, so it is a bit of a troublesome state of affairs.”
On Saturday the 24-year-old Australian was main 6-3 3-0 when Andreescu took a medical timeout to have her foot and ankle taped.
It didn’t make a distinction and after Barty prolonged her second-set result in 4-0, a dejected Andreescu shook her head and coated her face along with her palms earlier than tearfully retiring from the match.
Barty stated she plans to compete in Charleston subsequent week earlier than heading to the Stuttgart Open in Germany.
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