US Open 2019: Naomi Osaka frets over knee injury

Naomi Osaka retired with a knee injury two weeks prior to the start of the U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka retired with a knee injury two weeks prior to the start of the U.S. Open

The Russian tennis ace, Svetlana Kuznetsova couldn't make her appearance in Washington DC this year due to her visa issues and now in Cincinnati, she has made it to the finals.

After losing the opening set, reigning US Open champion Osaka rebounded strongly to win the second set against Kenin before she was forced to withdraw from the match while trailing at 4-6, 6-1, 0-2 in the last-four clash of the women's singles event.

Svetlana Kuznestova is into her first ever Western & Southern Open semifinals after a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 upset victory over No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova. Keys will face fellow American Sofia Kenin in the semifinals. Barty once again faced an uphill battle in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open as she fought to get her way out of the first set.

Osaka had won the second set to level the match when she first complained of apparent knee pain and after one game of the third set called for the physio. "I wish Naomi a speed recovery before the Open". There haven't been a lot of instances where Barty has looked vulnerable to her opponents.

Russia's Kuznetsova has been coming back in recent weeks from wrist problems that included surgery.

For now, the player currently ranked No. 1 in the world is concerned about her chances of making another deep run in NY.

The victor of French Open and WTA Birmingham has also put herself among the top favourites for the upcoming US Open.

Kuznetsova was down a set with Pliskova serving for the match but the Russian rallied thanks to 30 winners and six aces in the gruelling two hour, 23-minute clash. Williams also struggled with her serve, specifically her second serve, winning only 35% of her second serve points.

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"Still not quite there, but we're getting better and better each match", the French Open champion said. "I really don't know what's going on with my leg right now". "I'm not thinking of the ranking at all".

Ashleigh Barty's chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. I think I'm still aiming to, obviously, do very well here.

The Aussie lost serve twice in the opener to give it away despite leading 5-2, with Maria bouncing back to take five straight games and steal it 7-5 with breaks in games nine and 11.

Barty has been truly clinical this season and her form needs no introduction.

The Japanese player became a sporting sensation in last year's tournament when she defeated multiple victor Serena Williams in the final.

Kuznetsova was delayed in her hardcourt summer start due to United States visa problems, but won two rounds last week in Canada before getting her American entry sorted.

Kuznetsova, who has been nursing injuries much of the first half of the year, is going into the US Open with solid momentum after reaching the third round last week in Toronto and now the semifinals in Cincinnati.

Djokovic won the tournament for the first time a year ago, getting the only Masters 1000 title that had eluded him.

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