Sharapova retires with injury, Sabalenka reaches semifinals

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus poses with her trophy after winning the women's singles final match in the Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open: Maria Sharapova retires injured against Aryna Sabalenka

Maria Sharapova wishes to stay injury-free in 2019.

Sharapova received off-court medical treatment and came back strongly by holding her serve early in the second set.

Sharapova, ranked world number 29, was trailing 4-2 in the second set when she chose to throw in the towel after coach Thomas Hogstedt urged her to consider quitting during an on-court coaching break.

"I think we both played well and then she got injured", Sabalenka said.

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Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (13) is through to the Shenzhen Open semifinals after she defeated Russian Maria Sharapova (29) on 4 January, BelTA informs.

The 18-year-old qualifier's 6-3, 6-3 semi-final triumph followed victories over two former world number ones, the now number three Caroline Wozniacki and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. "Last year I was so close, and so upset in the beginning when I did not make it, but this year I'm going to do my best, even better than last year".

"To start the season with a title, it gives you more belief in yourself, and hopefully I can do well at the Australian Open", she added.

In contrast, second-seed Goerges - who beat Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) in her semi-final - has not faced one seeded player all week.

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