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Injured Barty retires from French Open

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Ashleigh Barty waves as she leaves the court
Ashleigh Barty’s solely Grand Slam singles title got here on the 2019 French Open

World primary Ashleigh Barty says it’s “heartbreaking” to have retired injured from her second-round French Open match towards Magda Linette.

The 2019 champion had strapping on her left thigh and stated she felt it was “unsafe” to proceed when she stopped the match at 6-1 2-2 down.

The 25-year-old had struggled along with her motion and left the courtroom for a medical timeout after the primary set.

World quantity 45 Linette faces Tunisian twenty fifth seed Ons Jabeur subsequent.

“We’ve got had such a superb clay-court season,” Barty stated.

“To get somewhat bit unfortunate with timing greater than something, to have one thing acute occur over the weekend and simply run out of time towards the clock is disappointing.

“I simply tried to provide myself an opportunity and see the way it felt. It obtained worse right now and it was changing into on the stage the place it was unsafe. As exhausting as it’s, it needed to be carried out.”

Following Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal on Monday, Belarusian third seed Aryna Sabalenka is the highest-ranked participant left within the ladies’s draw.

Additionally on Thursday, Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina loved a extra simple win as she beat American Ann Li 6-0 6-4.

American fourth seed Sofia Kenin had a harder battle within the first set towards compatriot Hailey Baptiste however got here by means of to win 7-5 6-3.

‘I’ve had my fair proportion of tears’ – Barty

Barty had managed to come back by means of the primary spherical on Tuesday regardless of needing prolonged therapy on her left hip in the course of the match.

After that win, the Australian admitted she was “not fairly 100%” and on Thursday arrived on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier with strapping on her left thigh.

Holding again in her motion, presumably to keep away from ache, Barty was damaged to go 3-1 down and Linette – who had by no means earlier than overwhelmed a prime 10 participant – took her probability to strike.

The 29-year-old broke once more and went on to say the primary set earlier than Barty known as the coach onto the courtroom and finally went inside to obtain therapy.

After a prolonged break, Barty regarded a lot sharper and held serve twice however should have been struggling as she finally turned to the umpire to name the match to an finish.

The Australian received her solely Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros in 2019 however didn’t return to Paris in 2020 as a result of she didn’t wish to journey in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barty stated the harm was a brand new one and that she has “a plan” to handle it, including that she hopes to be again in time for Wimbledon on 28 June.

“I’ve had my fair proportion of tears this week,” she continued.

“There can be a silver lining on this finally. As soon as I discover out what that’s, it will make me really feel somewhat bit higher.”

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