Australian Ash Barty has supplied no certainty if she’s going to play commonly on the ladies’s tour amid the COVID-19 pandemic regardless of Naomi Osaka closing in on her world primary rating with a fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
Barty accepted a wildcard to defend her Adelaide Worldwide title this week after making an exit on the quarter-final stage of her house Grand Slam with a defeat to Czech Karolina Muchova.
The Queenslander skipped final 12 months’s U.S. Open and didn’t defend her 2019 French Open title, opting to not journey because of well being issues amid the pandemic.
Barty, who is predicted to go to the Center East subsequent month to play WTA occasions in Doha and Dubai, mentioned she confronted no health points throughout the Melbourne Park swing regardless of returning to the circuit after 11 months.
“We plan as greatest as we are able to,” the 24-year-old instructed reporters in Adelaide on Monday. “Clearly within the present scenario nothing’s sure. It’s troublesome to plan, no doubt, however we simply go together with the recommendation that we now have been given.
“In fact I might like to be again on tour full-time, and all these choices will come as shut as we are able to to the occasions, but in addition as far out to attempt to plan a schedule and plan a tour.”
Barty didn’t play for 11 months however has nonetheless held on to her high spot as the ladies’s governing physique adjusted the WTA rankings as a result of pandemic, permitting gamers the power to skip tournaments with out the worry of dropping factors.
In distinction, second-ranked Osaka gained final 12 months’s U.S. Open and the Australian Open on Saturday however nonetheless finds herself greater than 1,300 factors behind the Australian.
“There’s no further strain. The additional strain is non-existent for me,” Barty mentioned about Osaka’s ascent.
“I can’t management what anybody else does. For the tournaments or with the rankings, that’s out of my management. As for defending factors, I feel that’s a really destructive approach to have a look at it.”
The rivalry between Barty and 23-year-old Osaka could possibly be the spotlight characteristic of the tour for the following few years.
“I’ve solely performed her a pair occasions. We haven’t performed so much,” Barty mentioned, including she had not watched Saturday’s last between Osaka and American Jennifer Brady.
“So hopefully it’s a chance for me to play towards her in some massive moments in massive tournaments. That’s what we dream of … attempting to place your self in place to win massive titles.
“So possibly it is going to occur in the future however in the intervening time that’s not what I’m burdened about.”