Ashleigh Barty, No. 1 Girls’s Tennis Participant, Withdraws From French Open

PARIS — Ashleigh Barty, the No. 1-ranked participant in ladies’s tennis, is out of the French Open after retiring on Thursday with a left hip harm throughout her second-round match with Magda Linette.

Barty, who received the French Open in 2019, misplaced the opening set by 6-1 to Linette, an unseeded 29-year-old from Poland. Barty then left the courtroom for medical remedy as Linette stayed in her chair, studying the tactical notes she had delivered to the Philippe Chatrier Court docket.

Barty returned for the second set, however at 2-2, she walked towards her chair, put down her racket and walked to the online to shake arms with Linette, placing an finish to the match.

Barty, a 25-year-old Australian, acquired remedy on her hip throughout a tricky first-round victory over Bernarda Pera on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a bit bit robust this week,” Barty stated after that match. “I feel over the weekend we had a little bit of a flare-up by means of my left hip.”

Barty’s departure means the highest two ladies’s seeds are out of the draw solely days after the beginning of the event. No. 2 Naomi Osaka, who may have challenged Barty for the highest rating with a deep run in Paris, withdrew after her first-round victory due to a dispute with event organizers over media obligations. Her exit, and the motivation for it, has dominated early protection of the occasion.

Simona Halep, the world’s third-ranked participant and a former French Open champion, withdrew earlier than the event started with a muscle tear in her left calf.

Aryna Sabelenka, the No. 3 seed, is now the very best seed remaining, however Sabalenka, an influence participant from Belarus, has but to advance previous the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam event. The No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin, a finalist on the French Open final yr when it was postponed and performed in October, has struggled this yr as she navigated the tough resolution to cease being coached by her father, Alex.

Kenin arrived in Paris with no coach however has proven indicators of resurgence and defeated the American qualifier Hailey Baptiste, 7-5, 6-3, on Thursday. Kenin ought to face a harder take a look at within the third spherical, nonetheless, when she performs a fellow American, Jessica Pegula, who has been having a breakout season and is seeded twenty eighth at Roland Garros.

Regardless of the attrition and instability on the prime of the ladies’s area, this event is probably not as broad open because it seems. The defending champion, Iga Swiatek, remains to be within the draw and has not dropped a set in two rounds, simply as she didn’t lose a set in any of her seven matches in her run to the 2020 title. Final month, she received the Italian Open on clay, defeating the previous No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, 6-0, 6-0, within the last.

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