Italian Open 2021: World No1 Ash Barty retires hurt in quarterfinals; big blow before French Open

US Open 2021: Despite Tokyo Olympics heartbreak, World No 1 Ash Barty eyes maiden US Open title after Wimbledon triumph
US Open 2021: Despite Tokyo Olympics heartbreak, World No 1 Ash Barty eyes maiden US Open title after Wimbledon triumph

Italian Open 2021: World No1 Ash Barty retires hurt in quarterfinals- World number one Ash Barty was forced to retire from her Italian Open quarter-final against Coco Gauff with an arm injury, raising doubts on her participation at the French Open.

Barty, the 2019 French Open winner, was leading 6-4 2-1 against her American opponent when she called a physio and had her right-arm strapped with a compression sleeve.
The Australian eventually decided against continuing the match in wet conditions in Rome, allowing Gauff to book a place in the final four.

Italian Open 2021: World No1 Ash Barty retires hurt in quarterfinals- Barty missed the 2020 claycourt swing due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has returned even stronger this season, winning the title in Stuttgart before finishing runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid last week.

The 24-year-old now faces a battle to prove her fitness before the French Open, which begins on May 30 in Paris.

Meanwhile, Gauff has progressed to her first WTA semi-final on red clay at the age of 17. She will face the winner of the quarter-final between reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek and Elina Svitolina.

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Italian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal storms into semifinals, defeats Alexander Zverev in straight sets

Rafael Nadal entered the semifinals of the Italian Open after avenging his previous loss against Alexander Zverev. The Spanish Tennis Maestro defeated Zverev 6-3, 6-4. Nadal will be featuring in his 12th final of the Italian Open in Rome.
“[I will face] a big chance against a player who has almost an unreturnable serve. [Reilly] is playing well,” Nadal had said. “I need to be very focussed with my serve and then try to be ready to accept [the situation] and be passionate on the return. That is what I am looking for.”

 

Zverev had beaten Nadal three times consecutively before the quarter-final in Rome. Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal featured in the blockbuster Quarterfinals at the Italian Open as a rematch of last week’s Madrid Open Finals last week.