Barty, who had straps on his left thigh, left the pitch for a medical time out before finally retiring midway through the second set with a 2-2 score, citing a hip injury.
“We did everything, absolutely everything we could to give myself a chance. It was a little miracle that we were able to get on the pitch for this first round.”
The Australian arrived at Roland Garros with the injury, but managed to make her way through her first-round match on Tuesday despite needing left hip care. Subsequently, she admitted that she was “not quite 100%”.
Arriving at Thursday’s game with his left leg tied, his serve seemed hampered at first, and after saving three break points early to tie the score at 1-1, Barty lost five straight games to lose the first set in 36 minutes.
She received treatment off the field but couldn’t continue any longer, walking towards the net and shaking hands with Linette after the fourth game of the second set.
“It got worse today and it was getting to the point where it was dangerous. As hard as it could be, it… had to be done. From the first game I was struggling with the pain, and it got too bad. “
World no. 45 Linette advances to the third round in Paris for the first time since 2017 where she will face the Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
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