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Barty pulls out of French Open because of injury

Ashleigh Barty, the No. 1-ranked player in women’s tennis, is out of the French Open after her left hip injury got worse during her second-round match with Magda Linette on Thursday.Barty was trailing, having lost the opening set by 6-1 to Linette, when she left the court for medical treatment

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Barty, who won the French Open in 2019 and did not defend her title last year after she chose to stay at home in Australia instead of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 25-year-old Australian, received treatment on her hip during a hard-fought first-round victory over Bernarda Pera on Tuesday. “It’s going to be a little bit tough this week,” Barty had said after that match.

Barty admitted that she was heartbroken after pulling out of the tournament on Thursday. She also provided insight into her new injury as she claimed it was a pain she had never experienced before.

“Completely new injury,” she said to members of the press after she confirmed her withdrawal.. “Something that I’ve never experienced before, even chatting with my physio, it’s something she has not seen regularly either.”

“So we’ve been consulting with people all over the world to try and give us some insight into what the best ways to manage it are. I’m confident we do have a plan. It’s just that we ran out of time here,” she concluded. 

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