Bertens books place in WTA Finals semis as Osaka pulls out due to injury

Singapore, Oct 26 (IANS) World No. 9 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands advanced to the semi-final round of the WTA Finals in Singapore on Friday after Japan’s Naomi Osaka was forced to retire due to injury.

World No. 4 Osaka, 21, pulled out after 47 minutes, reports Efe.

Trailing 3-6, Osaka called her coach Sascha Bajin for not feeling physically well, and as a result gave the 26-year-old Bertens a chance to win the tennis title.

“I saw her in the match before that she was struggling a little bit with the hamstring, and of course she was taped today, but I think in the beginning she was still okay,” Bertens said in a post-match presser.

“It is never easy or never nice to win a match like this, but it is what it is. I will take it and I will take my rest, and I have some more recovery time for tomorrow,” Bertens added.

This was their second career encounter after the 2016 match at the Mexican Open, where Osaka prevailed 6-4 6-2.

Bertens, the first from the Red group to reach the semi-finals, is set to next take on either Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.


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