World No. 1 Ash Barty Withdraws From French Open

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22, 2019: Professional tennis player Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her quarter-final match at 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne Park

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Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, is the latest top seed to withdraw from the French Open.

On Thursday, Barty was taking on Poland’s Magda Linette and was obviously slowed down by a lingering injury. After quickly dropping the first set, Barty took a medical timeout.

Barty attempted to return to the court for the second set, but ultimately the injury was too much and she was forced to retire due to injury with the set tied 2-2.

Earlier this week, No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the tournament after her highly publicized media blackout. Osaka, who did not want to speak to the media due to mental health reasons, was find $15,000 and threatened with disqualification if she did not end her media blackout before she made the decision to leave the tournament.

On Tuesday, No. 12 Petra Kvitova withdrew from the French Open due to an injury suffered at a press conference.

It’s been a wild week at Roland Garros, and there is still plenty of time to go.

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