How Top Ranked Ash Barty’s Withdrawal Effects French Open Betting

  • Top-ranked women Ashleigh Barty was forced to retire due to a hip injury during her second-round match at the French Open.
  • Odds have adjusted with Iga Swiatek expanding her lead to +140, followed by Aryna Sabalenka at +400, with Serena Williams at +825.

PARIS, France – The top-ranked woman in the French Open field has left the tournament due to injury.

Defending champion Ashleigh Barty was forced to retire in her match Thursday morning against Magda Linette when a hip injury proved too much for the Australian to continue.

Barty trailed Linette 1-6 2-2 in the second set when she decided the injury was too much for her to continue, and signaled that she would withdraw from the competition.

As one of the pre-tournament favorites, her departure from the field has caused a major shift in betting odds for the French Open.

Iga Swiatek has expanded her lead, while the likes of Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa have shot up the board on the major online sportsbooks.

Odds To Win 2021 Women's French Open

  • Iga Swiatek +140
  • Aryna Sabalenka +400
  • Paula Badosa +800
  • Serena Williams +825
  • Cori Gauff +1100
  • Elina Svitolina +1800
  • Karolina Muchova +2500
  • Marketa Vondrousova +2800
  • Daria Kasatkina +3000
  • Sofia Kenin +3000
  • Elise Mertens +3300
  • Maria Sakkari +3300
  • Sloane Stephens +3300
  • Victoria Azarenka +4000
  • Elena Rybakina +4800
  • Barbora Krejcikova +5000
  • Marta Kostyuk +5000
  • Ons Jabeur +5000
  • Jennifer Brady +6600
  • Madison Keys +6600
  • Danielle Collins +8000
  • Jessica Pegula +8000
  • Tamara Zidansek +8000
  • Sorana Cirstea +10000

Barty’s injury adds her to a list of top women now out of the French Open field joining Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep.

The hip injury apparently reappeared in pre-tournament training and became too much to handle during the match Thursday.

"It's heartbreaking," said Barty following the match. "We have had such a brilliant clay-court season, and to kind of get a little bit unlucky with timing, more than anything, to have something kind of acute happen over the weekend and just kind of run out of time against the clock is disappointing."

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While Iga Swiatek was the pretournament favorite slightly over Barty, she is now the consummate frontrunner to repeat as French Open champion.

Swiatek and Barty were in the same half of the French Open bracket, making Swiatek’s journey to the finals all the easier without the Australian.

Now, Swiatek’s toughest opponents in her bracket are Elise Mertens and Sofia Kenin with Karen Muchova, Ons Jabeur, and Jennifer Brady as possible semifinal matchups.

Those looking to bet on the French Open should consider making their picks now that the field has consolidated.

Outside of Swiatek who is no longer valuable, some of the best value on the board now belongs to Aryna Sabalenka at +400.

Sabalenka is the top-ranked woman remaining in the bottom half of the bracket, and now will not have the option of facing Barty in the finals.

The action continues all week from Paris, with the women’s bracket adding more elements of chaos with each match.