Shenzhen WTA Finals: Osaka Withdraws, Semi Finals Spots Still Undecided

Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Shenzhen WTA Finals because of a shoulder injury.  Osaka beat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets in her first match and was due to face Ashleigh Barty.

Osaka was replaced in the Red Group by alternate Kiki Bertens, who went on to beat Ashleigh Barty

All four players in the red group – Bertens, Barty, Kvitova and Bencic remain in contention  for the semi finals. In the next set of matches, Belinda Bencic will meet Bertens, and Kvitova will take on Barty.

The WTA finals has featured a lot of exciting 3-set matches. Simona Halep beat Bianca Andreescu in a much anticipated encounter.  Halep came back from a set down, saved a match point, and went on to win the match.

In upcoming  Purple Group matches, Simona Halep plays Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova plays Bianca Andreescu. Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina are both undefeated in Shenzhen.

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Federer Withdraws From Paris Masters

After winning the 10th title in his hometown of Basel, Federer has pulled out of Paris Masters. A lucky loser will take Federer’s spot in the draw.

Federer won the Paris Masters in 2011. Last year, Federer reached the semi finals before losing to Novak Djokovic.

“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the Rolex Paris Masters. “I am sorry for my French fans, who I will see next year at Roland Garros.”, Federer said.

Federer has already secured a spot in the ATP Finals, which start on 10 November at the O2 Arena in London. Last year, Federer had some back issues during the ATP Finals, it’s understandable that he wants to be 100% fit for this year’s event.

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev are quickly catching up to Federer in the ranking.  With Federer set to lose his semi finals points from last year, we can expect a tight race between the three.

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