Ashleigh Barty has just announced that she will not be participating in the women’s doubles at Wimbledon. This comes close after she was defeated by Alison Riske in the fourth round of the tournament.
Barty was partnering with Victoria Azarenka, and the duo were supposed to go against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Danielle Collins for the round of 16.
However, citing arm injury, the 23-year old tennis star withdrew from the doubles competition. It is also the same injury that caused Barty to pull out from playing at Eastbourne just a week before the start of Wimbledon.
This injury has actually been bothering her for a while, and it even flared up during her hectic Euro schedule. Despite that, though, she was able to win at the French Open, which was her debut Grand slam.
Despite her obviously busy schedule, Ashleigh Barty did not make any excuses for her loss against Riske. According to her, “I think when my body is healthy, when I’m feeling good, I would love to play doubles and I’d love to continue to play as much doubles as I can… Sometimes you really have to listen to your body and peg it back a little bit to try to give yourself the best chance in singles.
“For me, I love to try to integrate them both. I learn a lot from doubles and I learn a lot from singles as well. They go hand-in-hand. They help each other out.”