Prime-ranked Ash Barty retired from her second-round match on the French Open on Thursday due to a left hip damage that had flared up throughout coaching simply earlier than the clay-court Grand Slam.
The 2019 champion trailed 6-1, 2-2 when she signaled that she couldn’t proceed towards Polish rival Magda Linette on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty mentioned. “We have now had such an excellent clay-court season, and to sort of get just a little bit unfortunate with timing, greater than something, to have one thing sort of acute occur over the weekend and simply sort of run out of time towards the clock is disappointing.”
Within the buildup to this French Open, Barty performed 13 matches on clay, successful 11. She posted a report of 27-5 and gained three singles titles earlier than Roland Garros. However she was pressured to retire within the quarterfinals in Rome in Might due to an damage to her proper arm. She mentioned that damage had healed and didn’t hamper her in Paris.
The Australian began the match along with her left thigh bandaged and it was instantly clear she couldn’t transfer correctly. Too gradual to chase her opponent’s photographs, she suffered in lengthy rallies and struggled along with her first serve.
Barty known as for a medical timeout on the finish of the opening set, then briefly left the courtroom for remedy. She stopped after Linette hit an ace. Barty then walked to the online to shake the 45th-ranked participant’s hand.
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