"Unfortunately I have to retire from today's match due to injury, my body reacted badly to playing intense matches consecutively after a period of rest. Thanks for the love you gave me this week, I will try to rest and see you soon!
" With these words Naomi Osaka explained her withdrawal before the match from the semifinal of the WTA Melbourne 1. There will therefore be no expected match against Simona Halep in the final. The Romanian has qualified Qinwen Zheng 6-3 6-2 in 84 minutes.
An excellent test for the seed no.2, which will play the first final of 2022 against Kudermetova, who took advantage of the retirement in Osaka. This is the 41st career final for Halep, who has won 22 titles. Simona reached the 21st final on hard-courts, the 12th in a WTA 250, but the Romanian has not won a tournament since Rome 2020.
Below the highlights of the match.