Ash Barty, the top-ranked player in the world, was forced to withdraw from her second-round match at the French Open
on Thursday due to a left hip injury
that flared up during training just before the clay-court Grand Slam.
The 2019 champion was trailing 6-1, 2-2 against Polish rival Magda Linette on Court Philippe Chatrier when she indicated that she couldn't go on.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty said, “because we had such a brilliant clay-court season, and to get a little bit unlucky with timing, more than anything, to have something kind of acute happen over the weekend and just kind of run out of time against the clock is disappointing.”
Barty won 11 of 13 clay-court matches in the lead-up to the French Open, posting a record of 27-5 and winning three singles titles before Roland Garros, but she was forced to retire in the quarterfinals of the Rome
Open in May due to an injury to her right arm, which she said had healed and would not hinder her in Paris.
began the match with her left thigh bandaged, and it was clear she couldn't move properly; too slow to chase down her opponent's shots, she struggled in long rallies, and her first serve was poor.
At the end of the first set, Barty requested a medical timeout, then briefly left the court for treatment, returning after Linette hit an ace. Barty then walked to the net to shake the 45th-ranked player's hand.
Magda Linette advances to the third round after 2019 Champion Ashleigh Barty withdraws due to injury, 6-1, 2-2 [ret], and will face Ons Jabeur next. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/qZvFBe3GaL — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2021