Ashleigh Barty has retired hurt from her French Open showdown with Magda Linette on Thursday. The 25-year-old was trailing 6-1, 2-2 before walking off the court. And that means her opponent will now be featuring in the next round of the competition.
The 2019 champion went into the tournament as one of the favourites but, now, will be unable to repeat the heroics of two years ago.
Barty had strapping on her left thigh and struggled with her movement throughout the first set, which she lost 6-1.
The 25-year-old had a medical time out but never recovered and, with the match even at 2-2 in the second set, decided to call it quits.
It means Linette will be in the next round by default, with the Pole looking to win the tournament for the very first time.
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