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Ashleigh Barty: World no. 1 retires from French Open with injury

The 2019 champion was clearly struggling with her motion throughout her second-round match with Magda Linette on Court Philippe-Chatrier, shedding the opening set 6-1.

Barty, who had strapping on her left thigh, left the courtroom for a medical timeout earlier than ultimately retiring halfway by the second set with the scores stage at 2-2, citing a hip injury.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty told reporters afterwards. “We have had such a superb clay courtroom season, and to form of get a little bit bit unfortunate with timing greater than something to have one thing form of acute occur over the weekend and simply form of run out of time in opposition to the clock is disappointing. It will not take away the sensible three months that we now have had, as a lot because it hurts proper now.

“We did every part, completely every part we may to offer myself an opportunity. It was a small miracle that we had been in a position to get on courtroom for that first spherical.”


The Australian arrived at Roland Garros with the injury however managed to make her approach by her first-round match on Tuesday regardless of needing therapy on her left hip. Afterward, she admitted that she was “not fairly 100%”.

Having arrived to Thursday’s recreation with her left leg strapped, her serve appeared hampered early on, and after saving some three early break factors to stage the scores at 1-1, Barty misplaced 5 straight video games to lose the primary set in 36 minutes.

She obtained therapy off the courtroom, however couldn’t proceed for for much longer, strolling to the web and shaking fingers with Linette after the fourth recreation of the second set.

“I simply tried to offer myself an opportunity, tried to offer myself an opportunity and see the way it felt,” Barty said. “Obviously working towards, we have had our restrictions and basically tried to remain as contemporary as doable and never worsen it in any approach, however in a match that is unavoidable at occasions.

“It obtained worse at present and it was turning into on the stage the place it was unsafe. As onerous as it’s, it … needed to be executed. Right from the primary recreation, I used to be battling the ache, and it simply turned too extreme.”

World no. 45 Linette progresses to the third spherical in Paris for the primary time since 2017 the place she is going to face Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

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