French Open 2021: Ashleigh Barty retires with harm in second-round match

Ashleigh Barty waves as she leaves the court

Ashleigh Barty’s only Grand Slam singles title came at the 2019 French Open

World number one Ashleigh Barty retired with injury from her second-round match against Magda Linette at the French Open.

The 2019 champion had strapping on her left thigh and struggled with her movement, losing the first set 6-1.

Barty, 25, left the court for a medical time-out before retiring at 2-2 in the second set.

World number 45 Linette – who had never beaten a top 10 player – faces Tunisian world number 26 Ons Jabeur next.

Following Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal on Monday, Belarusian third seed Aryna Sabalenka is the highest-ranked player left in the women’s draw.

Also on Thursday, Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina enjoyed a more straightforward win as she beat American Ann Li 6-0 6-4.

American fourth seed Sofia Kenin had a tougher battle in the first set against compatriot Hailey Baptiste but came through to win 7-5 6-3.

Barty had managed to come through the first round on Tuesday despite needing lengthy…