Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty said, “2021 has witnessed great achievements and proven the presence of many talents in women’s tennis, which bodes well for this sport.”
Four different players won the Grand Slam titles for the fifth year in a row in 2021, while the WTA Finals and the Tokyo Olympics saw two new champions crowned.
“Every year there are new talents who compete for titles regardless of their position in the world rankings,” Barty told reporters ahead of the Adelaide International, one of the preparatory tournaments for the Australian Open. “A lot has been achieved already in 2021. Players have reached new heights and had a fantastic season that has been consistent.” At the level, which is exciting in women’s tennis.”
“You have to be at your best every time to be able to compete with everyone and give yourself a chance to win the big titles,” she added.
Partey also stressed the importance of participating in warm-up tournaments early in the season, after the 25-year-old withdrew from the ATP Finals and Billie Jean King Cup at the end of 2021.
“You just need to enjoy the first two weeks of the new year because you’re often not at your best at the start of the year,” Barty said.
“I’m looking forward to this challenge from Adelaide to get my rhythm back.”
Barty was exempted from the first round and will participate in the second round of the Adelaide Championships, which has a prize pool of $848,000.
The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on January 17th.
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