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Top-ranked Ash Barty withdraws from U.S. Open


FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, reacts against Lauren Davis during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Barty has joined the ranks of high-profile players concerned over the staging of the U.S. Open while there’s still so much uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic. “I have concerns too,” Barty said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “I understand the tournaments are eager to run but keeping everyone safe has to be the priority.” (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)


SYDNEY -- No. 1-ranked Ash Barty says she has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she is not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Barty is the biggest name yet to opt out of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis.

“I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,” Barty said in a statement to Australian Associated Press on Thursday.

Barty won the French Open in 2019 for her first singles major. The clay court major was postponed earlier in the year and is expected to be played after the U.S. Open.