May 21, 2019 / 11:52 AM / a month ago

Barty withdraws from Strasbourg International

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier Mandatory - Madrid Open - The Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain - May 9, 2019 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her quarter final match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

(Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty’s French Open preparations suffered a blow on Tuesday when a right arm injury forced the Australian’s withdrawal from the Strasbourg International.

World number eight Barty pulled out of her opening round match against compatriot Daria Gavrilova.

“I felt that it was back. I tested myself, but this morning, I knew that I will not be able to play,” the 23-year-old Barty told reporters.

“Next week there is Roland-Garros ... Then it’s the grass season. I will have two very busy months. For now, the only thing to do is to spend two or three days without touching the racket. I hope that I will be 100 percent next week.”

Top seed Barty was replaced in the Strasbourg tournament by Latvian lucky loser Diana Marcinkevica.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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