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Sport Number one Barty beaten by last-gasp Osaka replacement Bertens at WTA Finals

15:50  29 october  2019
15:50  29 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

Osaka withdraws from WTA Finals

  Osaka withdraws from WTA Finals Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen due to an injury to her right shoulder. Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 4-6 6-4 in her first match on Sunday and was due to face world No 1 Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday. © Getty (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) However, the Japanese world No 3 has withdrawn from the tournament and will be replaced in the Red Group by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands."I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the finals," said Osaka.

Kiki Bertens beats world number one Ashleigh Barty at the WTA Finals just hours after being added to the tournament as a replacement . Barty lost seven games in a row from 3-3 in the second set after a series of errors and could not recover. Bertens had herself started poorly, only holding serve

Kiki Bertens has replaced Naomi Osaka in Shenzhen and faces Ashleigh Barty in her first match. This remains a significant occasion as Barty will secure the year-end number one ranking once she Bertens arrives in Shenzhen having reached the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai last week

Kiki Bertens (left) and Ashleigh Barty © Getty Images Kiki Bertens (left) and Ashleigh Barty

World number one Ashleigh Barty suffered a surprise three-set loss to last-minute addition Kiki Bertens at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Bertens was called in to take Naomi Osaka's spot after the Japanese suffered a right shoulder injury and the Dutchwoman promptly made an impact in the Red Group.

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After losing the first set, Bertens battled back to triumph 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Shenzhen, claiming her first win over Barty at the sixth attempt.

Barty, who came from a set down to win her opening match against Belinda Bencic, was the first player to qualify for the season-ending tournament back in early September but she failed to justify her tag as favourite for the title in a largely disjointed display.

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Kiki Bertens has replaced Naomi Osaka in Shenzhen and faces Ashleigh Barty in her first match. This remains a significant occasion as Barty will secure the year-end number one ranking once she Bertens arrives in Shenzhen having reached the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai last week

Kiki Bertens has replaced Naomi Osaka in Shenzhen and faces Ashleigh Barty in her first match. This remains a significant occasion as Barty will secure the year-end number one ranking once she Bertens arrives in Shenzhen having reached the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai last week

It was a contest in which breaks of serve were frequent and a run of five defined the opener, Barty edging that back-and-forth to nudge ahead.

She was a break up in the second as a similar pattern emerged, but a first-serve percentage of just 41 was always likely to prove problematic and Bertens was producing more winners to further tip the balance in her favour.

With Barty serving at 4-3 down, Bertens sensed her opportunity and was the primary aggressor, striking for the lines and putting the French Open champion on the back foot.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Having fought to take the contest into a third set, Bertens was in no mood to relent and she stormed into a 4-0 lead, even fluffing two break-point openings to make it 5-0.

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Top seed Ashleigh Barty came from a set down to defeat Belinda Bencic at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and guarantee her Year-End World No. 1 spot. One of the most intriguing matchups of the week between two WTA Finals debutantes was, before today, one of the most anticipated first-time

Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both won three-set matches at the WTA Finals Sunday in a grueling opening day of the million round-robin " I didn't play well in the ( WTA ) Finals last year, so I 'm kind of just trying to redeem myself a little bit in that sense." Kvitova rued her wayward serving.

Despite a rally that saw the gap cut to 4-3, the die was cast and Barty was consigned to defeat in a clash that lasted over two hours.

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