New world number one Barty out of Eastbourne with arm injury

Tennis – WTA Premier – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Britain – June 24, 2019 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the WTA World No. 1 trophy Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

EASTBOURNE (Reuters) – New world number one Ashleigh Barty has suffered a Wimbledon injury scare and has withdrawn from this week’s Eastbourne grasscourt tournament.

The 23-year-old, who became the first Australian woman to reach the top of the WTA rankings for 43 years on Sunday when she won the Birmingham Classic, has aggravated an arm injury.

“It’s an injury I’ve had to manage since I was 16 years old,” Barty told reporters at Devonshire Park on Monday.

“It happens when I have a spike in load, it’s just a bone stress injury and I need to look after it.”

Barty, who won the French Open earlier this month and is on a 12-match winning streak, said she was optimistic she would be ready in time for Wimbledon where she will be the top seed and many people’s favorite.

“I think it will be fine but we will have to make sure that we manage it carefully over the next three or four days and that I’m ready to go next week,” she said.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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