Australia’s world no. 1 has been forced to retire from her round two match against Poland’s Magda Linette. The score was 6-1, 2-2 at the time.
Linette came out and immediately put pressure on Barty who clearly looked to be affected by what she had said was a hip injury. Barty also had strapping on her left thigh.
The Pole broke Barty in the fourth game to lead 3-1 and then held for 4-1. Another break of serve came in the sixth game before Linette served out the first set.
Barty left the court for some treatment and on her return she looked to be hitting the ball with more authority.
Barty made the surprise decision to retire with the score at 2-2 in the second set.
The first serve percentage for Barty was just 39%, well down on what she would normally serve.
For Barty it is a disappointing end to her first tournament at Roland Garros after claiming the title in 2019. It is also marks back-to-back retirements after also retiring from a quarterfinal match in Rome.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty told reporters about the abrupt end to her fortnight. “I mean, 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. It won’t take away the brilliant three months that we have had, as much as it hurts right now.
“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.”
Earlier Astra Sharma lost her match against Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-4. This was a repeat of the Charleston WTA 250 final back in April when Sharma came back from a first loss of 6-2.
This time Jabeur was too solid and she now advances to the third round.