ASH Barty’s French Open campaign could be in doubt after the Queenslander retired mid-match from the Strasbourg Open semi-finals with back soreness.
Seeded 17th at Roland Garros, Barty was clearly distressed when she could not continue when trailing Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 0-1
Asked by coach Craig Tyzzer if the injury was worsening, Barty said: “Well, it’s not getting any better.”
Tyzzer suggested Barty call for the trainer but, after a medical time-out for treatment, a shattered Barty walked to the net to shake hands with Pavlyuchenkova.
Newcombe medallist Barty is due face Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the French Open’s first round.
“I’ve never had it before but, hopefully with recovery in the next couple of days, I’ll still be able to play at Roland Garros. We’ll see,” Barty said.
“I hurt it yesterday during the match and tried as best I could to recover.
“I woke up this morning, still with pain, and we tried everything we could.
“I’ve never pulled out of a match in my career before so it was a very tough decision.
“The pain was getting worse. I have to listen to my body.
“The last 12 hours have been extremely disappointing
“I’m very upset about it.”
The winner is likely to face Serena Williams in the second stage.
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