Tennis-Swiatek to face Sabalenka once more in Stuttgart remaining after Jabeur retires


STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – World primary Iga Swiatek moved into the Stuttgart Open remaining on Saturday after her opponent Ons Jabeur retired injured three video games into the primary set.

The Pole on Sunday will face Aryna Sabalenka in a repeat of final 12 months’s remaining, following the Belarusian’s comfy straight units victory over Anastasia Potapova.

Tunisian Jabeur, on a seven-match profitable run after recovering from harm and surgical procedure earlier this 12 months, appeared to have harm herself over the past level of the primary sport.

The world quantity 4, contemporary from her title win in Charleston earlier within the month, took a medical timeout however regardless of taking part in on together with her left calf bandaged for 2 extra video games she determined to cease with Swiatek 3-0 up.

“I actually tried however at that time I do not know what occurred,” a tearful Jabeur stated. “I used to be excited to play Iga and seeing that the stadium is full. I’m sorry about it.”

Australian Open winner Sabalenka wanted simply 58 minutes to storm into her third straight Stuttgart remaining with a 6-1 6-2 demolition of Potapova.

Sabalenka, who final 12 months misplaced to Swiatek, raced to a 4-0 lead, breaking her opponent twice.

World quantity 24 Potapova was taking part in catch-up all through and was very weak on her weak second serve.

She was equally helpless within the second set with Sabalenka breaking early once more as she gained the primary eight factors.

The world quantity two then raced again from 30-0 down with a string of massive serves at 5-2 to complete off the sport and attain her fourth remaining of the 12 months.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)