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Ashleigh Barty is confident of being fit for Wimbledon despite an ongoing injury.
The French Open winner moved to the top of the world rankings with her win in Birmingham last week, but the Australian has opted to skip this week's Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.
Explaining her reason for withdrawing from Eastbourne, Barty has revealed she is struggling with a long-term injury.
“It’s an injury I’ve had to manage since I was 16-years-old,” Barty explained. “It happens when I have a spike in load, it’s just a bone stress injury and I need to look after it.
“We know how to manage it but it is important to get on top of it straight away. I think we’ll be fine for Wimbledon. We just have to be careful that we manage it properly the next three or four days, to make sure I’m ready to go.”
The 23-year-old admits she played through the pain on her way to winning in Roland Garros.
“It was something that was there but I’ve learned how to manage it. I pulled out of the doubles [semi-final in Birmingham] to try to give it the best chance to be ready for singles. It’s smarter to take time to let my body rest," she explained.
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