Julia Görges gave up injured at the tennis tournament in Rome and was the last German player eliminated. The 30-year-old from Bad Oldesloe was unable to continue playing against the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on 4: 6, 6: 3, 4: 4 on Thursday. At the score of 4: 3 Görges had to be treated. At first nothing was known about the nature and severity of the injury. The German number two behind Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber had last given up at the home tournament in Stuttgart because of already existing problems in the cervical spine in the first round.
After the end of Mona Barthel and the cancellation of Kerber because of an ankle injury is thus no longer a German player in the last major test before the French Open in the Italian capital. The match against Buzarnescu was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but had to be postponed due to constant rain on the following day.
Double match day for Struff
Jan-Lennard Struff won the rematch against former US Open winner Marin Cilic at the ATP Masters in Rome with an impressive performance. The Warsteiner prevailed in the second round in Foro Italico with 6: 2, 6: 3 against the Croats, against which he had lost in the previous week at the Masters in Madrid in three sets. Struffs eighth-final opponent in the Eternal City is on late Thursday afternoon, the number six seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori.
It had come to the deadline, after Wednesday the entire match day had fallen victim to the constant rain. Two games in one day are also available for two superstars. The Swiss roger Federer switched off the Portuguese Joao Sousa (6: 4, 6: 3) during his first appearance in Rome for three years and later has to play against the Croatian Borna Coric. The Spanish clay court king Rafael Nadal gets it after his 6: 0, 6: 1 against the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy yet to do with the Georgian Nikolos Basilashvili. The Austrian Dominic Thiem, who also lost his fourth duel with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, was surprisingly eliminated.
"It was a very good match, I was tactically good and put pressure on him," said Struff after his win. It was his third win against a top 10 player this year. Previously he had already defeated compatriot Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Struff is one of two remaining German pros in the peloton. Alexander Zverev was eliminated in round two, the Augsburg Philipp Kohlschreiber meets on Thursday in his second round match on the Italian Marco Cecchinato.
. (tagsToTranslate) Julia Görges (t) Mihaela Buzarnescu (t) Angelique Kerber (t) Mona Barthel (t) Tennis (t) Tennis tournament (t) French Open