New number 1 Swiatek withdraws from Credit One Charleston Open | National sports


CHARLESTON, SC (AP) — New No. 1 Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from next week’s Credit One Charleston Open just hours after defeating Naomi Osaka to win the Miami Open title.

The organizers of the first clay-court tournament of the season announced Swiatek’s decision on Saturday.

Swiatek said in a statement that she had been playing the previous weeks and needed a break.

“I have a minor arm injury and I need to rest,” she said.

Swiatek also won in Indian Wells on March 20. Earlier on Saturday, they beat Osaka 6-4, 6-0 to extend their winning streak to 17 games.

“I was hoping to start the clay season in Charleston there, but unfortunately I have to wait,” she said.

Swiatek will take over the No. 1 women’s ranking due to the retirement of Ash Barty.

Charleston Open Tournament Director Bob Moran congratulated Swiatek on her success and her new status as the No. 1 player in the world. He said he was disappointed that Swiatek was missing the event, but understands that she has played “a lot of tennis over the past four weeks”.

The tournament begins on Monday, with the championship final set for April 10.


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