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'It's heartbreaking and it hurts right now,' says Ashleigh Barty as she's forced out of French Open

Ashleigh Barty French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 01: Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action against Bernarda Pera (not seen) of the USA during the first round in the womenâs singles of the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France on June 01, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

World number one Asheligh Barty is out of the French Open after she was forced to retire against Magda Linette.

The Australian was in seriously good form coming into the tournament, but she admitted after her first round win that she was suffering with a hip injury.

She managed to get through that round but looked well short of her best against Polish ace Linette on Thursday.

Barty lost the first set 6-1, and with the scores level at 2-2 in the second she made the tough decision that she could no longer continue.

“It’s heartbreaking," Barty told the press after the match.

"We’ve had such a brilliant clay-court season and to kind of get unlucky with timing with an acute injury.

“It’s a tough one. For something acute to happen over the weekend. It was a small miracle we were able to get on court for the first round. Today it was no better and getting worse again.

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“It won’t take away the brilliant three months that we have had, as much as it hurts right now.

“I’ve had my fair share of tears this week. It’s all good. Everything happens for a reason.

"There will be a silver lining in this eventually. Once I find out what that is, it’ll make me feel a little bit better, but it will be there, I’m sure.

“I just tried to give myself a chance and see how it felt. Obviously practising we’ve had our restrictions and essentially tried to stay as fresh as possible and not aggravate it in any way, but in a match that’s unavoidable at times.

“It got worse today and it was becoming at the stage where it was unsafe. As hard as it is, it had to be done.”

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