Sabalenka and Jabeur the latest to retire from matches in Berlin as Kalinskaya reaches final

sabalenka and jabeur the latest to retire from matches in berlin as kalinskaya reaches final

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns a ball against Coco Gauff of the U.S. during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur retired from their respective quarterfinals in the Berlin Ladies Open on Saturday.

The second-seeded Sabalenka was trailing Anna Kalinskaya 5-1 at the grass-court event when she stopped playing because of shoulder pain.

sabalenka and jabeur the latest to retire from matches in berlin as kalinskaya reaches final

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns a ball against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Jabeur had just lost a first-set tiebreaker to Coco Gauff — 7-6 (9) — when she exited with an illness.

sabalenka and jabeur the latest to retire from matches in berlin as kalinskaya reaches final

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They're just the latest on the list of injury or ill players, nine days before the start of Wimbledon.

Elena Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, retired from her quarterfinal on Friday, apparently ill. Marketa Vondrousova, last year's Wimbledon champion, retired from her match because of a leg injury.

First-round play begins at Wimbledon on July 1.

Several quarterfinals were pushed to Saturday because of rain. Following Sabalenka's exit, Kalinskaya moved on to Victoria Azarenka and beat the former No. 1 player 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-1 to earn a spot in Sunday's final.

sabalenka and jabeur the latest to retire from matches in berlin as kalinskaya reaches final

United States' Jessica Pegula plays Czech republic's Katerina Siniakova during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Gauff, ranked No. 2, was playing doubles partner Jessica Pegula, ranked No. 5, later in the other semifinal.

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sabalenka and jabeur the latest to retire from matches in berlin as kalinskaya reaches final

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays Russia's Anna Kalinskaya during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

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