Fifteen players have already withdrawn from the Miami Open, an unprecedented number for a major sporting event.
The tennis world reacted with shock after favorites Paula Badosa and Jannik Sinner were forced to withdraw during the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. Badosa, soon to be the number three in the world, became unwell during her match against Jessica Pegula and left the court in tears, reports Freewestmedia.com .
Badosa, who was comforted by her American opponent, decided to stop after consulting her physiotherapist. Pegula reached the semifinals of the Miami tennis tournament for the first time in her career after Badosa dropped out, Yahoo Sports reported.
In the men’s tournament, the Italian phenomenon Jannik Sinner had to withdraw. He gave up after 22 minutes in the game against Francisco Cerundolo, the number 103 in the world ranking. “When I served at 3-1 and 30-0, I saw him bend over. It was very strange,” Cerundolo said during an interview. “I hope he’s okay, he’s a great player.”
The 23-year-old Argentinian surprisingly reached the semifinals in his first participation in the master’s tournament in Miami.
It was the second game in a row that ended prematurely for the tennis fans. The fans reacted shocked to the bizarre tennis day. “What is going on?” someone asked.