Wimbledon 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty pulls out of Eastbourne International with arm injury, expected to be fit for tournament

London: Newly-crowned world number one Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the Eastbourne International this week due to a recurring arm injury, but is hopeful of being fully fit for Wimbledon.

 Wimbledon 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty pulls out of Eastbourne International with arm injury, expected to be fit for tournament

File image of Ashleigh Barty. Reuters

The French Open champion moved to the top of the rankings for the first time by winning the Birmingham Classic on Sunday.

However, a run of 12 straight victories has flared up an old injury that Barty is confident will respond to a short period of rest before the third Grand Slam of the season gets underway on 1 July.

"It's an injury that we've had to manage since I was 16 years old. When I have a spike in load it comes up — it's a bone stress injury and I need to look after it, particularly in these first few days. We know how to manage it but it's important to get on top of it straight away," said Barty.

"I think we'll be fine for Wimbledon, we just need to make sure that we manage it correctly over the next three to four days to make sure that I'm fully healthy next week," she added.

 

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2019 22:11:57 IST