Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA Finals

Shenzhen: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the 2019 WTA Finals due to a right shoulder injury here on Tuesday.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. I look forward to getting healthy and hope to be back here in Shenzhen next year,” she added.

Osaka defeated World number six Petra Kvitova 7-6, 4-6 and 6-4 on Sunday. The reigning Australian Open champion was set to face Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday night.

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Dutch tennis player Kiki Bertens who is named as the replacement for Osaka in the Red Group will lock horns with Barty later in the day.

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