Injury forces Iga Swiatek to withdraw from Charleston



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Injury forces Iga Swiatek to withdraw from Charleston

New world No. 1 Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from Charleston due to an arm injury, the tournament announced. Swiatek, 20, was scheduled to make her debut on the clay courts of Charleston this year. On Saturday, Swiatek defeated Naomi Osaka in the Miami Masters final.

Shortly after, Swiatek pulled out of Charleston. Swiatek will now take some time to rest before she kicks off her clay season. “I hoped to start the clay season in Charleston but unfortunately, I need to wait to play this great tournament with big traditions," Swiatek said, per the tournament's Twitter account.

Swiatek wins her third consecutive title

Swiatek made a good start to the season in January, having reached back-to-back semifinals at the Adelaide International and Australian Open.

After two strongs runs in Australia, Swiatek won her first title of the season in February after beating Anett Kontaveit in the Doha final. Last month, Swiatek won back-to-back titles after defeating Maria Sakkari in the Indian Wells Masters final.

Swiatek then arrived to Miami, where she also made it all the way to capture her third consecutive title. In the Miami final, Swiatek handed a 6-4 6-0 loss to former world No. 1 Osaka. Swiatek put the pressure on Osaka's serve early on but the Japanese managed to save two break points and avoid going down by an early break.

However, it didn't take long for Swiatek to claim the first break of the match as she broke Osaka in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Osaka saved a break point in the seventh game to avoid going down by a double break but couldn't get the break back as Swiatek served out for the first set in the 10th game.

After winning the first set, Swiatek absolutely dominated the second set as she broke Osaka three times to complete a straight-set win.