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New world number 1 Ashleigh Barty withdraws from Eastbourne International with arm injury

Ashleigh Barty revised Naomi Osaka to first place in the WTA rankings after winning the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday.

AFP

updated:June 24, 2019, 8:23 PM IST

New world number 1 Ashleigh Barty withdraws from Eastbourne International with arm injury
Ash Barty has recorded 12 consecutive wins on the tour by winning the French Open and Birmingham Classic. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

London: The newly crowned world number one Ashleigh Barty has left Eastbourne International this week due to a recurring arm injury, but is hopeful that he is fully fit for Wimbledon.

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

However, a series of 12 straight wins has flared up an old injury that Barty is convinced will respond to a short rest period before the third Grand Slam of the season starts on July 1.

"It's been an injury we've had to deal with since I was 16 years old," Barty said.

"When I have a peak in the load, it comes up – it's a bone damage and I have to pay close attention, especially the first few days. We know how to handle it, but it's important to get over it immediately come.

"I think Wimbledon is doing well, all we have to do is make sure that we do well over the next three to four days to ensure that I am completely healthy next week."