Top-ranked Ash Barty withdraws from French Open with injury

Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the French Open during her second-round match because of injuries

PARIS — Top-ranked Ash Barty withdrew from the French Open during her second-round match on Thursday because of an injury.

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

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 afterward she was not fully healthy and would adopt a one-match-at-a-time approach.

In the buildup to this French Open, she played 13 matches on clay, winning 11. But she was forced to retire in the quarterfinals in Rome in May because of an injury to her right arm.

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