Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event

The Associated Press
Ashleigh Barty of Australia, returns the ball to Simona Halep of Romania, at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event

Ashleigh Barty of Australia, returns the ball to Simona Halep of Romania, at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.

Barty was replaced in the main draw by lucky loser Diana Marcinkevica.

The eighth-ranked Australian said she would not take any risk ahead of the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.

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''I gave it my best chance, but unfortunately I wouldn't be playing my best tennis,'' Barty said. ''I'm busy the next two months and I need to look after my body now.''

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