Western & Southern Open: Victoria Azarenka wins the title without playing

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Western & Southern Open: Victoria Azarenka wins the title without playing

After the protests, the stop and the victory, the withdrawal: Naomi Osaka protagonist on and especially off the field in the first week in the Flushing Meadows bubble, due to a problem in her left hamstring preferred not to take the field for the Premier V final in Cincinnati.

"I'm sorry to have to give up," she confessed in a short press release. "I felt the hamstring pull yesterday, during the second set tie-break, and today I didn't recover as he hoped. This has been an exciting week and I want to thank everyone for their support."

The Japanese, who will close the Arthur Ashe Stadium desert program on day-1 against compatriot Misaki Doi, has therefore chosen the path of simplicity.

Azarenka came back to success after four years

Success is success. Viktoria Azarenka would have preferred to get it on the court, but so be it.

After a nightmare year, personally and tennis talking, the Belarusian managed to add pearl number twenty-one to the series of titles (the first since 2016) and to regain at least the thirty-fifth position in the ranking. She showed up in the bubble with a zero next to the winning line in 2020 and will play the New York Grand Slam in the favorites lot.

After putting Donna Vekic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet and Ons Jabeur in line, he will get on with Barbara Haas. In the second round there could be Aryna Sabalenka. To dispute the men's final (at 19 Italian) will be Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.

The world number one, conditioned by physical problems in the surreal challenge against Roberto Bautista Agut, could hook the thirty-fifth "1000" title in his career (and therefore equal Rafa Nadal) but above all succeed in winning all the tournaments at least twice.

this category. On the other hand there will be Milos Raonic, a real revelation in the week of the restart, who instead got a place in the final without leaving the set on the road. The record says 10-0, yes, but the circumstances may be different than usual.

Talking about the US Open, Azarenka will be amog the WTA stars. Out of the Slam Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Jarry.

The situation in women's singles is even more dramatic, with the absences of Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Andreescu, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, Wang Qiang, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Saisai Zheng, Julia Goerges, Barbora Strycova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Fiona Ferro , Lin Zhu, Yafan Wang, Anastasia Potapanova and Samantha Stosur.