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 mentioned she felt it was “unsafe” to proceed when she stopped the match at 6-1 2-2 down.

After Karolina Pliskova’s straight-set defeat by Sloane Stephens, there are 5 prime 10 seeds left within the draw.

Barty revealed {that a} left hip downside had flared up on the weekend.

“I simply tried to offer myself an opportunity and see the way it felt. It acquired worse in the present day and it was turning into on the stage the place it was unsafe. As arduous as it’s, it needed to be achieved,” she mentioned.

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

Ninth seed Pliskova was crushed 7-5 6-1 by 2018 finalist Stephens, who faces Czech 18th seed Karolina Muchova within the third spherical.

Additionally on Thursday, Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina loved a extra easy 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 way of to win 7-5 6-3.

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

Barty had managed to return by way of the primary spherical on Tuesday regardless of needing prolonged therapy on her left hip through the match.

After that win, the Australian admitted she was “not fairly 100%” and on Thursday arrived on Courtroom 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 crushed a prime 10 participant – took her likelihood to strike.

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

After a prolonged break, Barty seemed a lot sharper and held serve twice however will need to 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 through the coronavirus pandemic.

Barty mentioned 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 slightly bit higher.”

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