An injured No. 1 seed Ash Barty retired from the French Open in the second round on Thursday.
Barty trailed 45th-ranked Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 2-2. Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has been bothered by a left hip injury that flared up last weekend.
She went off court for treatment after the first set, two days after taking a medical timeout in her first-round three-set win.
Barty’s exit means that the world’s top three players are out of the tournament without losing a completed match. No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew after her first-round win, citing mental health. No. 3 Simona Halep withdrew before the tournament due to a left calf tear.
The highest-ranked woman left in the draw is Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka, who has never made a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Defending French Open champion Iga Swiatek, the eighth seed, is the favorite.
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