World No 1 Ashleigh Barty STOPS French Open midway through second round with Magda Linette as 2019 champion’s hip injury flares up again
- World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is out of the French Open after a hip injury
- The big favorite lost 6-1 2-2 to Magda Linette before retiring
- Barty barely made it through her first lap collision when a hip problem flared up again
- The Australian had to be treated twice during the second round clash
World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is out of the French Open after retiring from injury during her second round clash with Magda Linette.
Barty came out great and as one of the big favorites in the tournament, but struggled against Bernarda Pera in her first match and then revealed that a left hip problem had flared up over the weekend.
The 25-year-old admitted it would be difficult to get through more games and it showed, with the top league calling it a day trailing 6-1 2-2.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty left the French Open after retiring on Thursday with a hip injury
The Australian lost 6-1 2-2 to Magda Linette in her second round before retiring
Barty was understandably upset by her accident and said, “It’s heartbreaking. We’ve had such a brilliant clay-court season, and it’s disappointing to be a little unlucky with the timing, more than anything to have something acute happening over the weekend and just a little short on time against the clock.
“It won’t take away the wonderful three months we’ve had, as much pain as it does now.”
Barty revealed that the injury had started during a training session and she pulled the plug because she was starting to worry about what might happen.
“I just tried to give myself a chance and see how it felt,” she said. “Obviously we’ve had our limitations while practicing and essentially tried to stay as fresh as possible and not make it worse in any way, but in a match that is sometimes unavoidable.
Barty struggled in her first round win over Bernarda Pera as her left hip flared up again
“It got worse today and it got to a stage where it was unsafe. As difficult as it is, it had to be done.’
Australian Barty held on to her first service game but was clearly hindered and then broke twice in a row before leaving the field for treatment at the end of the set.
She played a little more freely at the start of the second set, serving twice in a row, but her facial expressions betray the discomfort she felt.
After Linette held the serve to make it 2-2 in the second set, Barty shook her head and put her racket away.
The defeat puts an end to Barty’s winning run at Roland Garros after she lifted the trophy in 2019 and chose not to defend her title last year.