US Open loses 2 further top-10 ladies: Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens

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Two further top-10 ladies — Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens — will miss the U.S. Open, becoming a member of No. 1-ranked Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis event through the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Association additionally introduced Friday that Barbora Krejcikova withdrew. She is ranked 115th in singles, eighth in doubles.

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The fifth-ranked Svitolina, a Ukrainian who was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a yr in the past, posted Friday on social media that she doesn’t “feel comfortable to travel to US without putting my team and myself at high risk.” No. 7 Bertens, who’s Dutch, wrote on Instagram that one among her apprehension is the must be quarantined upon returning to Europe after the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 and won’t have any spectators.

The French Open — where Bertens reached the semifinals in 2016 — is scheduled to start Sept. 27. She additionally desires to play on the clay-court event in Rome earlier than heading to Paris.

“The situation around COVID-19 is still that worrying and the health of everyone and the control over this virus is priority,” Bertens wrote.

Defending males’s champion Rafael Nadal additionally has mentioned he received’t play on the U.S. Open, citing apprehension about touring through the pandemic. Also out of the sector: Roger Federer, who’s sitting out the remainder of the season after two operations on his right knee.

Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils are amongst different males not going to New York.

With Friday’s three withdrawals, Francesca Di Lorenzo), Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Viktoriya Tomova moved into the ladies’s singles draw.

Sachia Vickery will get the wild-card invitation that initially was awarded to Di Lorenzo.

The skilled tennis excursions went on hiatus in March due to the pandemic. The ladies’s circuit returned to motion this week in Palermo, Italy; the boys are scheduled to start play later this month.

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