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Naomi Osaka Suffers Injury Setback Ahead Of US Open Title Defence

There are fears that the defending champion may not be able to play in New York after sustaining a new injury.

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World No.1 Naomi Osaka faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open after being forced to retire from her quarter-final match in Cincinnati on Friday.

 

The two-time champion was taking on Sofia Kenin when she pulled out of the match whilst trailing 0-2 in the final set due to a leg injury. Osaka won six out of eight games before deciding to pull out of the match after jamming her knee whilst serving. Immediately after hurting her knee, she underwent a medical time out and had taping placed on it. However, it was not enough to keep her playing.

“It sucks. Especially since I didn’t want to get injured this close to the Open. And now I’m kind of worried a little bit.” Osaka said following her match.
“She (Kenin) was playing well. I had to really think about what I had to do during the match, so I’m not that mad at the result.’
“The injured part sucks, but losing, it’s not that big of a deal.”

Stating that she usually has a ‘high pain tolerance’ Osaka is left on edge about what exactly her latest injury issue is. She entered her press conference at the Western and Southern Open limping and with an ice pack over her knee. Raising concerns in her camp.

The timing comes just over a week before the start of the US Open. Where the 21-year-old will be defending a grand slam title for the first time in her career. Despite the setback, Osaka has vowed to play at Flushing Meadows. Even if that means going against medical advice.

“I don’t even really think about winning the tournament. I just want to have the chance to play it.” She commented about the upcoming major.
“I feel like this might have that 1% chance of me not being able to play, and that’s what’s concerning me.’
“In the end, I’m going to play even if the doctor says no probably. But I don’t know.”

It is the first time Osaka has been forced to quit a match since the WTA Finals last October due to a left hamstring injury. Comparing that injury to her latest, the Japanese player described it as ‘something different.’

“I think they said I had a slight tear in my hamstring then. This is something different.” She explained.
“I don’t really know yet. I stopped kind of immediately after instead of pushing, so I’m hoping that that would affect how soon I can start playing again.”

The US Open will get underway on August 26th. Osaka will be bidding to become the fourth woman to defend the title since 2000. Following in the footsteps of both of the Williams sisters and Kim Cjisters.

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French Open Finalist Marketa Vondrousova Undergoes Surgery

It is a premature end to what has been a breakthrough season for the Czech.

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Czech rising star Marketa Vondrousova will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an operation on her left wrist.

 

The 20-year-old made the announcement on her Instagram account where she uploaded a picture of herself after undergoing the procedure. Vondrousova hasn’t played a match on the tour since Wimbledon, where she first sustained the injury. According to Czech media, she received treatment at the same facility which Petra Kvitova attended following a knife attack that severely injured her playing hand.

“For two months I tried to treat my wrist conservatively and tried everything possible. Unfortunately, nothing led to a significant improvement. That is why I decided on this solution, which should relieve me of my pain for good,” Vondrousova said is a statement issued by her team.
“Unfortunately for me, 2019 ended earlier than I wanted. I can’t wait to play back on the courts without pain anymore, she added.

The premature end draws the curtain on what has been a breakthrough season for Vondrousova. At the French Open she defeated Petra Martic and Johanna Konta en route to the final. Becoming the youngest player to do so at the tournament since Ana Ivanovic back in 2007. She was denied the title by Ash Barty, who prevailed in straight sets.

Yet to win a title, Vondrousova has managed to remain consistent on the tour by reaching the quarter-finals or better at six consecutive tournaments between February and June. Including the final of the Budapest Open. During that time, she managed to score two wins over Simona Halep. The highest ranked player she has defeated so far in her career.

Vondrousova is currently ranked 22nd in the world. She ends the season with a win-loss record of 29-9.

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Rebecca Peterson clinches her maiden WTA title

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Twenty-four year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson lifted the first title of her career at the Jangxi Open in Nanchang after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-2 6-0.

 

The world number 78 Petterson, who had reached only a quarter final so far this season, has become the 14th first-time winner on the WTA Tour so far in 2019.

Peterson reeled off nine consecutive games from 3-2 in the first set to clinch the win, breaking serve four times.

Peterson dropped only nine points in her service games and did not face any break points. The Swede earned her first break in the first game after a double fault from Rybakina. Peterson consolidated the break by holding serve at love and opened up a 4-2 lead, when Rybakina sent a forehand long.

Peterson broke serve in the seventh game to race out to a 5-2 lead, as Rybakina made a backhand error. Peterson sealed the first set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth game.

Peterson earned an early break, after Rybakina sent a forehand long, and went up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina did not win a single game point and sent Petersen to deuce in the fifth game of the second set, but she dropped serve. Petersen wrapped up the match with a bagel thanks to a service winner on her first championship point.

Rybakina, who scored two three-set wins against Viktoria Golubic in the quarter final and Peng Shuai in the semifinal, hit 3 winners to 11 unforced errors. She had won her maiden title in Bucharest last July.

 

 

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Karolina Pliskova lifts her fourth title of the season in Zhengzhou

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Number 1 seed Karolina Pliskova cruised past number 7 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 36 minutes in the final of the Zhengzhou Open, an inaugural WTA Premier tournament. The final was postponed by six hours after torrential rain.

 

Pliskova came back from 0-2 in the first set by winning 12 of the next 15 games to win her fourth title this season after Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne. The Czech player is the fifth top seed to win a tournament this season after Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen, Alison Van Uytvanck in Budapest, Caroline Garcia in Nottingham and Anastasjia Sevastova in Jurmala.

Pliskova took a re-match against Martic, who beat the Czech player in four of their previous five head-to-head matches and won their third round clash at Roland Garros.

Pliskova saved two of her three break points and converted four of her eight break points.

Martic earned an early break with a forehand return winner to open up a 2-0 lead in the first set. As the match resumed after a rain delay Martic did not convert a double break point. Pliskova broke back in the fourth game with a forehand winner to draw level to 2-2.

Pliskova saved a break point chance in the seventh game with a forehand down the line. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game, when Martic made a forehand error and sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner.

Pliskova dropped only six points on her first serve in the second set and broke serve in the third game when Martic sent a backhand slice wide. The former world number 1 player held her serve with an ace before breaking for the second time in the fifth game. She hit four winners to seal the win, as she was serving for the match at 5-2.

“I think I played good matches. Of course, not all the matches were perfect, the week never can be really perfect because it’s so many days and so many things can be just different every day. I beat tough players, which I maybe lost to a couple of times before. I think that was the biggest plus of this week, especially with Petra. These wins are always important. It doesn’t matter where you play, which tournament you play, but it’s always important. To get the trophy is always special. It does not matter really which tournament or how big the tournament is, it’s always good”, said Pliskova.  

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