Barty ‘heartbroken’ after Roland-Garros nightmare

Australian world No.1 Ash Barty withdrew from Roland-Garros during her second-round match today because of a hip injury.

The 2019 champion trailed 6-1, 2-2 when she returned to her chair and signalled she was not able to continue against Polish rival Magda Linette on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 25-year-old started the match with her left thigh bandaged and it was immediately clear she could not move properly. Too slow to chase her opponent’s shots, she suffered in long rallies and struggled with her first serve.

Barty had called for a medical timeout at the end of the opening set.

Dealing with a left hip problem, Barty had struggled through a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win against 70th-ranked American Bernarda Pera in the first round. She said afterwards she was not fully healthy and would adopt a one-match-at-a-time approach.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty said. “We have had such a brilliant clay-court season, and to kind of 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.”

“We did everything, absolutely everything we could, to give myself a chance.

“It was a small miracle that we were able to get on court for that first round. Again, today it was no better and getting worse again.”

Barty decided not to defend her title last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, choosing instead to remain home in Australia.

In the build-up to this edition of Roland-Garros, she played 13 matches on clay, winning 11. But she was forced to retire in the quarter-finals in Rome in May because of an injury to her right arm.

In other results today for the Australians, Astra Sharma went down to 25th seed Ons Jabeur in straight sets, 6-2 6-4.

While Ajla Tomljanovic was beaten comfortably by Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2 6-3.

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