Ranked Barty advances to semifinals at WTA Finals

The world number three won her opening match in Shenzhen but could not continue in the tournament

The world number three won her opening match in Shenzhen but could not continue in the tournament Credit REX

Australian open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen because of a shoulder injury.

Osaka played one match before withdrawing due to a shoulder injury, Bencic was treated for a foot injury against Barty on Sunday, US Open victor Bianca Andreescu pulled out of the event Thursday with the knee injury that forced her to retire against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday, while Bertens was the latest to be struck down.

The world No.10 looked in deep trouble at a set and break down, but turned the tide with ruthless returning and aggressive play at the net to overwhelm a deflated Barty, who could have sealed a spot in the semi-finals with victory.

Kvitova would nearly have the chance to break back after Barty double-faulted at deuce serving at 5-2, but the Australian kept it clutch and managed to stave off her fourth break point of the opener.

She said: "I knew I had to play aggressively".

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The eighth seed won all her matches in Singapore, fighting back from a set down to overcome American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

Like Bertens, Bencic overturned a losing record against the free-swinging Czech - in her case, 1-4 - to prevail.

No other Australian woman has ever managed the feat. Changes things a little bit.

After a break of serve midway through the opening set saw the Australian edge in front, she wrapped up the second in less than 40 minutes with a third match point.

Ashleigh Barty has already secured the year-end world No 1 ranking after a breakthrough year that brought her the French Open title and a shedload of prize money.

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The WTA Finals event features the world's top eight players competing in two round-robin groups of four, with the winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals.

"But I'm happy with how I played and how I fought and I'm excited to be in the semis".

Naomi Osaka of Japan passes a tennis ball to her fans after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their WTA Finals Tennis Tournament in Shenzhen on Sunday.

"I simply could perhaps perhaps perhaps not web rhythm", she stated.

"I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Finals", Osaka said, according to organizers.

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It was just two years ago that Bertens considered quitting tennis even with all the success she was enjoying. "I just want to try to duplicate that". "Last year during the off-season, I trained really hard for Australia".

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