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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:11 AM IST

WTA Finals : Tearful Naomi Osaka retires

TOPSHOT - Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after retiring during her singles match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 26, 2018 following an injury. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) |

TOPSHOT - Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after retiring during her singles match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 26, 2018 following an injury. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) |

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Singapore: Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka’s WTA Finals debut ended in tears on Friday as she was forced to retire against Kiki Bertens, handing the Dutchwoman a surprise spot in the semi-finals. Bertens won the first set 6-3 in 47 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium before US Open champion Osaka, who wiped away tears, forfeited the match.

It was a bitterly disappointing end for the 21-year-old, who came into Singapore as the form player but lost three-set matches to Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber. But it was enough for Bertens to seal a final four spot in her debut at the season finale, having defeated Kerber earlier. Bertens only qualified for the WTA Finals just days before the tournament after world number one Simona Halep withdrew due to injury.

“It’s never nice to win a match like this,” Bertens said after the match. “I want to try to keep on going. I’ve had a lot of tough matches here.” Osaka had started the match brightly, rolling through her service games before being broken in the eighth game. With her upper leg heavily strapped, Osaka called a medical timeout after the eighth game and required treatment in the locker room. She came back on court but dropped her serve to love, culminating in a double fault which turned out to be her last action at the WTA Finals.

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Published on: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 02:41 AM IST
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