Naomi Osaka. (Photo: Instagram)
Naomi Osaka. (Photo: Instagram)

When everything was going according to the plan for World No. 4 Naomi Osaka in the ongoing tournament of Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen 2019, she suddenly decided to withdraw her name from the prestigious event due to inflaming right shoulder injury. The 22-year-old young tennis star injured her shoulder during the Beijing Finals 2019 three weeks ago. After this, the unbearable injury pain of the right shoulder kept troubling her again and again. In WTA Finals 2019 also, she somehow managed to win the opening round with a painful shoulder but later in the second encounter, Osaka decided to pull out his name immediately.

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The former World No. 1 tennis star Osaka expressed her disappointment while withdrawing from Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen 2019 in midway, “I’m disappointed to have to withdraw from the Finals. 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”. Further, the Japanese star also added that she will hope to be fit and healthy soon and come looking forward to come back to Shenzhen next year.

The two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka was scheduled to play against old foe Ashleigh Barty in the next round whom she faced in the final showdown of China Open 2019 earlier this month. In that thrilling final encounter in Beijing, the Japanese veteran stunned the current World No. 1 opponent by 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 verdict. Osaka took 110 minutes of action to topple the strong opponent in the nail-biting finals. However, Barty defeated the young gun in the first set match but later Osaka bounced back with full power and eventually clinched the lustrous trophy of China Open 2019 on her name.

In the absence of legendary player Osaka, World No. 10 Kiki Bertens will play against World No. 1 Barty in the next match. The Dutch professional Bertens will also replace Osaka in the remaining matches of the ongoing tournament. It will be interesting to see whether Bertens will be able to maintain her dominance in WTA finals or she will also be knocked out of the biggest WTA event of the year.

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