World number three Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen due to a shoulder injury bringing an end to her tournament for the second straight year which she has been forced to opt out injury. Also Read - Novak Djokovic Equals Roger Federer's Record For Most Weeks as World No.1 at ATP Rankings
The Japanese, who had to retire during last year’s edition of the year-ended tournament with a hamstring injury, was on schedule to face world number one Ashleigh Barty later on Tuesday. “I’m disappointed to have to withdraw from the Finals,” Osaka said. Also Read - Tennis | Sania Mirza Returns to WTA Circuit With a Win in Qatar Open
“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. Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic Beats Daniil Medvedev For Record-Extending Ninth Title at Melbourne Park, Wins 18th Grand Slams Title Overall
Osaka She began the USD 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 was determined to make a mark this year after 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.
Due to Osaka pulling out due to injury, world number 10 Bertens will replace Osaka for the remaining matches and plays Barty in Red Group action on Tuesday.