WTA injuries decimate Rome event

In addition the players who withdrew pre-tournament, the WTA side of the Rome event has been decimated by pullouts – in part because of the double-up schedule forced by Wednesday’s rainout.

Naomi Osaka woke up with a thumb problem Friday and gave Kiki Bertens a walkover. Serena Williams won her first match and pulled out with a left knee injury before she was to play sister Venus.

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Alizé Cornet (right adductor), Jelena Ostapenko (virus, slight fever), Garbiñe Muguruza and Julia Goerges (right adductors) and Petra Kvitova (left leg) retired mid-match. 

Even considering normal pre-Slam caution, it’s a lot.

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