SYDNEY – ( Associated Press) – Ons Jaboor retired hurt in the Sydney Classic quarter-finals on Thursday to allow Annette Kontaveit to advance to the semi-finals.
Fourth seed Kontaveit advanced when seventh seed Jaboor retired with a lower back injury after losing the opening set 6-4.
After about an hour on the court, Jaboor received a medical timeout after set, and attempted to start the second set. But after a late serve and a first-served mistake, the Tunisian went over the net for a hug at the end of the match. He has been seeded ninth for next week’s Australian Open.
“I really hope Ones is going to be fine for next week and it’s nothing serious,” Kontaveit said. “The first set was really competitive and we have had some tough matches before, but she always comes out on top. I was really happy to get the set and I was playing like I was playing.”
Attempting to reach a fourth straight final, Kontaveit advanced to the semi-finals against third seed Barbora Krejcikova, who defeated France’s Caroline García 6–0, 6–2.
Krejcikova has lost eight matches in two matches.
In the men’s tournament in Sydney, former No. 1 Andy Murray, playing on the wild card, advanced to the semi-finals when eighth-seeded David Goffin retired at the start of the second set. Murray won the first set 6-2 in 50 minutes.
At the Adelaide International, former US Open champion Marin Cilic defeated American Tommy Paul 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals for the second week in a row.
In a match of strong servers, Cilic hit 14 aces in Paul’s eight and won 84% of his first-served points.
Third seed Karen Khachanov, who was runner-up at the first Adelaide International last week, was beaten 7-6 (7, 7-5) by 58th-ranked qualifier Arthur Rinderknecht of France in the quarter-finals.
In the women’s draw, third seed Coco Gauff defeated Anna Konjuh of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four.
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