New York, August 27
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Western & Southern Open yesterday in protest towards racial injustice hours after the two-time Grand Slam champion had booked her spot within the semifinals.
The 22-year-old Japanese joins related protests by athletes within the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball following the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Sunday in Wisconsin.
It is unclear if Osaka will rethink her choice after organisers suspended play for immediately as a mark of protest. The semifinals will now be performed tomorrow, which is scheduled to be the ultimate day of the occasion. “Before I am a athlete, I am a Black woman,” she stated on Twitter. “And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”
Osaka defeated Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-2 7-5 to achieve the semis the place she was scheduled to face Elise Mertens, who beat qualifier Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-Three to achieve her first Premier 5 semifinal. Johanna Konta reached the semifinals with a 6-Four 6-Three win over Maria Sakkari. Up subsequent for Konta is a conflict with Victoria Azarenka, a 7-6 6-2 winner over Ons Jabeur.
Djokovic cruises into semis
Novak Djokovic cruised previous Jan-Lennard Struff 6-Three 6-1 to achieve a record-equalling eighth semifinal on the occasion. With the win, Djokovic tied Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer and Bill Talbert’s semifinal totals on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion. He will subsequent face Roberto Bautista Agut, who produced a shocking comeback to defeat defending champion and third seed Daniil Medvedev 1-6 6-Four 6-Three and attain his maiden semifinal within the occasion.
In different quarterfinals, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas superior after Reilly Opelka, who was main 6-5, retired because of a knee harm.
Tsitsipas will play Milos Raonic, a 4-6 7-6(2) 7-5 winner over Filip Krajinovic, for a spot within the ultimate. — Reuters