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A wide open women’s draw with Swiatek injured and Barty retired

World No 1 Iga Swiatek withdrew from the Madrid Open with a right shoulder injury, having won her last four tournaments in a row – Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart. When the dominant previous world No 1 Ash Barty retired shortly after winning the Australian Open, the 20-year-old quickly took her place as a force to be reckoned with on the tour but the title now feels up for grabs in Swiatek’s absence.

When Barty announced her retirement ahead of the Miami Open, many noticed that some of the top seeds and favourites for the title crashed out in the early rounds, speculating whether they were cracking under the pressure of having a better chance to lift the title and it will be interesting to see how the women’s draw unfolds in the absence of Swiatek.


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