Women’s tennis World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who crashed out of the Australian Open this week, has a taken a wild card entry to defend her title in the WTA 500 event.
Australian World number one Ashleigh Barty. (Reuters Photo)
- Ash Barty has taken a wild card entry to defend her title at the WTA 500 event
- I feel grateful to get another week playing in front of Australian fans: Barty
- Barty crashed out of the Australian Open with a quarter-final defeat this week
World number one Ashleigh Barty, who was knocked out of the Australian Open with a quarter-final defeat this week against Czech 25th seed Karolina Muchova, has taken a wild card entry to defend her title at the WTA 500 event in Adelaide next week.
24-year-old Barty will be the top seed at the Adelaide event, scheduled to start on February 22, at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in South Australia.
“I am looking forward to coming back to Adelaide and having the opportunity to defend my title. I feel grateful to get another week playing in front of Australian fans,” Barty said in a statement.
The Australian tennis star had won the Yarra Valley Classic warm-up event for the Australian Open earlier this month after her return to competitive tennis following an 11-month hiatus enforced by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winner of the 2019 French Open, Australia’s Barty will play alongside other Grand Slam winners like last year’s French Open champion Iga Swiatek and former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the upcoming event (February 22-27) in Adelaide.
Following the event at home, Barty is expected to head to the Middle East in March to participate in the WTA events in Doha and Dubai.
(Inputs by Reuters)