Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ons Jaboor retires from Sydney quarter-finals with back injury

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Britain’s Andy Murray in a practice session at the John Cain Arena at the Summer Set tennis tournament ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, January 5, 2022. ( Associated Press photo/Hamish Blair)

SYDNEY ( Associated Press) – Ons Jabur was forced to retire Hurt in the Sydney Tennis Classic quarter-finals on Thursday, leaving Annette Kontaveit for a semi-final spot.

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 the set was completed, 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.

“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 the final for a fourth straight, Kontaveit reached the semi-final against third seed Barbora Krejcikova, who won a 6–0, 6–2 victory over France’s Caroline García.

Krejcikova has lost eight matches in two matches.

In the men’s tournament in Sydney, former No. 1 Andy Murray, playing on a wildcard, 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 maintained strong form in the opening season to reach the semi-finals of the second Adelaide International by defeating American Tommy Paul 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

Croatia’s fourth-seeded Cilic has four wins from five matches this year and also reached the semi-finals of the Adelaide International earlier last week, losing to Karen Khachanov of Russia.

In a match of strong servers, Cilic hit 14 aces in Paul’s eight and won 84 percent of first-served points.

Paul was also in solid form in Thursday’s match, winning 12 of his last 14 matches. He won his first career title at the Stockholm Open last year, beating Denis Shapovalov in the final to break into the top-50 for the first time.

Paul defeated compatriot Frances Tiafoe in the first round this week and reached the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Benjamin Bonzi.

Cilic beat Jame Munar 7-6(6), 6-2 to register a last-eight win.

Khachanov was defeated 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.

Tune-up tournaments continue this week in Sydney and Adelaide ahead of next week’s Australian Open.

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