Ash Barty has dismissed ideas that she had unfairly held on to the highest rating whereas opting to not compete on the WTA Tour for many of 2020 because of COVID-19.
With the pandemic stopping many from competing on the tour since March 2020, the WTA tweaked the rating system final yr to make sure that gamers weren’t penalised for his or her inactivity.
The format allowed Barty to retain the No.1 spot despite the fact that Naomi Osaka received grand slam titles throughout Barty’s absence.
“I by no means need to show something to anybody,” Barty advised reporters on Saturday after she retained her Miami Open title when Canada’s Bianca Andreescu retired within the second set of the ultimate because of an ankle harm.
“I do know there was a variety of discuss concerning the rating, however I didn’t play in any respect final yr and I didn’t enhance any of my factors by any means.
“Sure, I didn’t drop however I didn’t enhance any. I didn’t play any in any respect.
“There have been women who had the prospect to enhance theirs, so I felt like I totally deserve my spot on the prime of the rankings.
“The yr we had in 2019 was unimaginable.”
Barty opted to not journey out of Australia for 12 months from March 2020.
She clinched the Miami Open in 2019 earlier than capturing the French Open and WTA Finals.
She began off 2020 by triumphing on the Adelaide Worldwide earlier than coronavirus compelled the Tour to close down for 5 months.
“I can’t management what anybody else thinks or what anybody else says,” Barty, who in Miami was taking part in in her first event overseas since February 2020, stated.
“Everybody wants to grasp that it’s a pandemic.
“It’s in all probability a once-in-a-lifetime factor for lots of us to undergo, so it’s a little bit of a troublesome scenario.”
Barty’s reign as the sport’s finest is assured for not less than one other 5 weeks, which might take her to a complete of 74 weeks – ninth all-time for many weeks on the prime.
On Saturday the 24-year-old Queenslander received the primary set 6-3 and was up two breaks of serve when Andreescu took a medical timeout to have her foot and ankle taped.
It did not make a distinction and after Barty prolonged her second-set result in 4-0, a dejected Andreescu shook her head and lined her face together with her arms 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, because the clay-court swing of the season begins.