Osaka retreats, Azarenka wins in New York without playing finals

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn for the final of the WTA tournament of Cincinnati, which is being played in New York because of the corona pandemic. The Japanese suffer from a femur injury. As a result, the other finalist, Victoria Azarenka, has been declared the winner.

By the cancellation of Osaka, Azarenka took her 21st WTA ankle game title. In 2013 she won the tournament as well. Then the Belarusian Serena Williams defeated in the final.

Azarenka received her trophy in a sober setting, as is often the case with sporting events lately. Without an audience and with a mouthpiece:

“I’m sorry I can’t act”, Osaka said a few hours before the start of the final. “I got injured in the semifinals on Friday in the tiebreak of the second set against Elise Mertens. I hoped I would have recovered a day later, but unfortunately that’s not the case.”

Earlier this week, the number ten on the WTA ranking list announced in protest against police violence in America that it did not want to continue playing in New York at all and skipped the semi-finals. She came back from that later, after the tournament had been shut down for a day. Because of that, there could be more attention for the protests, according to Osaka.

Uncertainty about US Open participation

It is unclear whether the Japanese at the US Open, which starts on Monday at the same location in New York, will be able to take office. In the draw for the first round of the American Grand Lamb Tournament she is linked to her compatriot Misaki Doi.