He arrived at the Bois de Boulogne just, with his hips to the limit. Even so, Ashleigh Barty, the strongest number one in women’s tennis in recent times, saved the opening round and won some time until finally her physique told her enough. Painful and resigned, the Australian fought as far as she could, as far as her body allowed. Without remedy, she was forced to resign when the Polish Magda Linette had already won the first set in a comfortable way and the score reflected a 2-2 cheater in the second, after the head of the circuit had already required medical assistance .
“It is heartbreaking, I have done absolutely everything to have a chance,” he later regretted in the telematic conference with the special envoys. “It was a small miracle that I could play the other day, and also that today [por ayer] I could get on the track, but during the weekend I noticed something and now it has gotten worse ”, explained the Australian, 25 years old and whose farewell opens even more a picture as unpredictable as the female one; more at Roland Garros, where since 2013 eight different champions have been registered.
Barty, the annual leader in the record of victories – with 28, ahead of Aryna Sabalenka (27) and Garbiñe Muguruza (23) – had been suffering from problems for three weeks, when he competed in Madrid. There, the Australian finished the tournament with a bandage on her left leg and later wore it at the Foro Italico in Rome and at the start of the great Parisian. She dodged Tuesday’s premiere against Bernarda Pera, but ended up overcome by the pangs that affect her hip and radiate down her leg and lower back.
“It’s disappointing to end up like this here. That my body is failing me now is really heartbreaking I had done a fantastic preparation and a tour on sparkling clay [ganó en Stuttgart y fue finalista en la Caja Mágica, y previamente triunfó en el cemento de Miami], so this shouldn’t ruin the previous three months. I have cried about mine this week, but everything happens for a reason, “said the 2019 champion, already thinking of recovering as soon as possible because the clock is ticking and Wimbledon starts on the 28th.
His goodbye is added to that of four other of the top ten seeds: Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Karolina Pliskova (7-5 and 6-1 for Sloane Stephens) and Belinda Bencic. But the list of eliminations is not there. Among the 32 favorites, reference players such as Petra Kvitova -injured during a press conference, badly supporting an ankle when descending from a platform- and Garbiñe Muguruza, expelled first by Marta Kostyuk, the 81st of the world.