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ROME: World primary Ash Barty was compelled to retire from her Italian Open quarter-final in opposition to Coco Gauff with an arm harm, elevating doubts on her participation on the French Open.
Barty, the 2019 French Open winner, was main 6-4 2-1 in opposition to her American opponent when she known as a physio and had her right-arm strapped with a compression sleeve.
The Australian finally determined in opposition to persevering with the match in moist situations in Rome, permitting Gauff to ebook a spot within the closing 4.
Barty missed the 2020 claycourt swing because of the COVID-19 pandemic however has returned even stronger this season, profitable the title in Stuttgart earlier than ending runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid final week.
The 24-year-old now faces a battle to show her health earlier than the French Open, which begins on Might 30 in Paris.
In the meantime, Gauff has progressed to her first WTA semi-final on purple clay on the age of 17. She is going to face the winner of the quarter-final between reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek and Elina Svitolina.