Despite the good sensations experienced on the week card during training, Ashleigh Barty did not overcome the injury to her left flank and during the second round match against Magda Linette she was forced to retire on the score of 1-6, 2-2.
In the press conference, the world number one explained the reasons that led to this drastic choice. She said: “I wanted to give myself the opportunity to take the field and see if the lucky one was on my side, but it was impossible. The pain was unbearable. It is really disappointing to have an injury after the great season I was playing on clay.”
Barty then added: “My team and I have prepared everything in detail; I was playing well and felt confident, but the injury has gotten worse in the last few days. At this moment I cannot analyze what happened, but it is clear that the problem has confronted me with some important limitations.
Ashleigh Barty in tears: “I’ve been crying a lot this week”
It’s heartbreaking, I’ve been crying a lot this week. All of this is not going to erase the last incredible months on earth, no matter how bad it can be right now. We have done everything, absolutely everything possible to give me a chance. It was a small miracle that I was able to take the field for that first round.”
Barty then focused on the season on grass and the Wimbledon tournament: “It’s a completely new injury for me, not even my physiotherapist knew the extent of him well. We have consulted great specialists and now we know what we need to do, but it takes time. The injury became serious and got worse in a short time. Personally, I hope to be ready for the grass season. I will do everything possible to achieve my expectationss.”
We’ll see if the world number one can get back on the court in time for the start of the most prestigious Grand Slam in the world of tennis. Wimbledon, in fact, it will take place this year from 28 June to 11 July 2021.