Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA Finals second year in a row due to injury

first_imgNaomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a right shoulder injury ahead of her scheduled round-robin match against top-ranked Ash Barty.Alternate Kiki Bertens will take Osaka’s place against Barty later Tuesday.”I’m disappointed to have to withdraw from the finals,” Osaka said in a statement. “It has been a great event in Shenzhen, and it’s the biggest WTA event of the year.”This is not how I wanted to end this tournament or my season but I look forward to getting healthy and hope to be back here next year.”The two-time Grand Slam title winner opened on Sunday with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the Red Group.Barty opened the round-robin stage with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Belinda Bencic.The final round robin group standings are determined by the greatest number of match wins followed by the greatest number of matches played, meaning that if Bertens were to finish with an equal number of match wins but fewer matches played, the other player would advance.last_img

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