Naomi Osaka Suffers WTA Finals Injury Heartbreak For 2nd Year Running

Updated: 29 October 2019 14:23 IST

Naomi Osaka, who retired during last year's edition of the WTA Finals with a hamstring injury, had been due to play World No.1 Ashleigh Barty later on Tuesday.

Naomi Osaka Suffers WTA Finals Injury Heartbreak For 2nd Year Running
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the season-ending WTA Finals with a shoulder problem. © AFP

Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the season-ending WTA Finals with a shoulder problem on Tuesday, the second straight year she has been forced out due to injury. Naomi Osaka, who retired during last year's edition of the lucrative year-ender with a hamstring injury, had been due to play world number one Ashleigh Barty later on Tuesday. "I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Finals," Osaka said. "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. I look forward to getting healthy and hope to be back here in Shenzhen next year," she added.

Naomi Osaka had started the $14 million round-robin tournament with a tough three-set victory over Petra Kvitova on Sunday to extend her winning streak to 11 matches after titles in Beijing and Osaka.

She had been determined to make amends for a disappointing WTA Finals debut last year, when her winless campaign ended with her retiring in tears against Kiki Bertens due to a hamstring injury.

World number 10 Bertens will replace Osaka for the remaining matches and plays Barty in Red Group action on Tuesday.

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Highlights
  • Naomi Osaka withdraws WTA Finals with a shoulder problem
  • This is the 2nd straight year she has been forced out due to injury
  • Osaka had been due to play World No.1 Ashleigh Barty later on Tuesday
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