World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will compete in Paris despite a hip ailment.


World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will compete in Paris despite a hip ailment.

After battling her way into the second round of the French Open, Ashleigh Barty said she is suffering from a left hip injury.

The world number one is returning to Roland Garros for the first time since winning the title in 2019. She has been in fantastic form this season, winning three trophies and confirming her spot atop the rankings.

She pulled out of her previous event in Rome due to an arm ailment, but she returned to the court against American Bernarda Pera with strapping across the top of her left leg.

After Pera won the second set, Barty had a medical time-out to receive treatment, but she withstood pressure early in the deciding set to win 6-4 3-6 6-2.

“This week is going to be a little bit tough,” the 25-year-old predicted. I suppose we had a flare-up through my left hip over the weekend, which obviously just needed a little help today, and I wanted some support to try and release it as best I could.

“I’m not going to hide behind the fact that I’m not 100 percent, but I can guarantee that I’ll go out there every day with the correct mentality, accept it, and give it my all no matter what.

“We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to bring my body to the point where I’ll be able to compete.” We’re here, we’re battling, we’re fighting for our lives, and that’s all we can do.”

Petra Kvitova, the tournament’s 11th seed, has been forced to retire due to an ankle injury.

The Czech, who reached the semi-finals last year, saved a match point in her first-round encounter against Greet Minnen, but then fell while doing media duties.

“It is with tremendous disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” Kvitova wrote on Twitter. On Sunday, I slipped and injured my ankle while performing my post-match press duties.

“Unfortunately, following an MRI and extensive deliberation with my staff, I’ve come to the difficult conclusion that it would be imprudent. (This is a brief piece.)


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