World number 1 Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn from Sydney as she wants to focus on her final preparation for the Australian Open. Barty, 25, was due to make her third appearance in Sydney this year. Barty couldn’t win everything on her Sydney debut four years ago when she finished second in the final against Angelique Kerber.
Barty also returned to Sydney in 2019 and again failed to win everything as she was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the final. Barty started her 2022 season last week in Adelaide, where she made it to the end after beating Elena Rybakina 6-3 6-2 in the final.
Barty loved her week in Adelaide
“We obviously had a brilliant week and were able to work through each game step by step,” said Barty after the win in Adelaide. “I kept getting better. I got the feeling today that there were really a couple of key moments at the beginning of the first movement to gain momentum.
I was really happy that I was able to take a few early breaks in the second and run away with them. ” A two-time Grand Slam winner, Barty has never won the Australian Open, but she’s feeling good ahead of this year’s Grand Slam opening of the season.
“I feel good ahead of the Australian Open as I do every year,” said Barty. “Every preparation is unique, every preparation is different. So we take it for what is coming and what it is, move on, try and do our best at every opportunity, whether here in Adelaide or in Melbourne right now.
“It has absolutely no impact on how I prepare or how I think ahead just because it’s a Grand Slam. Doesn’t change for us. We look ahead, we do what we can, then we see how we go. ”