Australian world number one Ash Barty withdrew from the Roland Garros tournament during today’s second round match due to a thigh injury.
The 2019 champion fell 6-1 2-2 down when she returned to her chair and indicated she was unable to continue facing Polish opponent Magda Linate at Court Philippe Chatrier.
The 25-year-old started the match with a bandage on her left thigh and it immediately became clear that she could not move properly. Too slow to chase after her opponent’s shots, she struggled in long races and struggled on her first serve.
Barty had called a therapy time-out at the end of the opening set.
Barty dealt with a left thigh problem, and struggled with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over American 70th seed Bernarda Pera in the first round. She then said that she was not in good health and would adopt a one-match-at-a-time approach.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty said. “We’ve had such a great season on clay and because we’re kind of unlucky with the timing, more than anything, to have something happen so sharply over the weekend, and time ran out against the clock. Disappointing.”
“We did everything, absolutely everything we could, to give myself a chance.
“It was a little miracle that we were able to make it onto the field in the first round. Again, today it wasn’t any better and things are getting worse again.”
Barty decided not to defend her title last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, opting instead to remain in her home country of Australia.
In preparation for this edition of Roland-Garros, she played 13 matches on clay, winning 11. But she had to retire in the quarter-finals in Rome in May due to an injury to her right arm.
In other results today for the Australians, Astra Sharma relegated in straight sets to 25th seed Anas Jabeur in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
While Agla Tomljanovic easily lost to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3.
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