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Sabalenka and Jabeur the latest to retire from matches in Berlin as Kalinskaya reaches final

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Sabalenka and Jabeur the latest to retire from matches in Berlin as Kalinskaya reaches final
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Sabalenka and Jabeur the latest to retire from matches in Berlin as Kalinskaya reaches final

2024-06-23 04:14 Last Updated At:04:20

BERLIN (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur retired from their respective quarterfinals in the Berlin Ladies Open on Saturday.

The second-seeded Sabalenka was trailing Anna Kalinskaya 5-1 at the grass-court event when she stopped playing because of shoulder pain.

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Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays Russia's Anna Kalinskaya during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur retired from their respective quarterfinals in the Berlin Ladies Open on Saturday.

United States' Jessica Pegula plays Czech republic's Katerina Siniakova during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

United States' Jessica Pegula plays Czech republic's Katerina Siniakova during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Russia's Anna Kalinskaya plays Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Russia's Anna Kalinskaya plays Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns a ball against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns a ball against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns a ball against Coco Gauff of the U.S. during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns a ball against Coco Gauff of the U.S. during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Jabeur had just lost a first-set tiebreaker to Coco Gauff — 7-6 (9) — when she exited with an illness.

They're just the latest on the list of injured or ill players, nine days before the start of Wimbledon.

Elena Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, retired from her quarterfinal on Friday, apparently ill. Marketa Vondrousova, last year's Wimbledon champion, retired from her match because of a leg injury.

First-round play begins at Wimbledon on July 1.

Several quarterfinals were pushed to Saturday because of rain. Following Sabalenka's exit, Kalinskaya moved on to Victoria Azarenka and beat the former No. 1 player 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-1 to earn a spot in Sunday's final.

No. 5 Jessica Pegula was leading doubles partner and No. 2 Gauff 7-5, 6-6 (3-1) when rain suspended their semifinal. The match will resume on Sunday.

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Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays Russia's Anna Kalinskaya during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays Russia's Anna Kalinskaya during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

United States' Jessica Pegula plays Czech republic's Katerina Siniakova during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

United States' Jessica Pegula plays Czech republic's Katerina Siniakova during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Russia's Anna Kalinskaya plays Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Russia's Anna Kalinskaya plays Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns a ball against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Coco Gauff of the U.S. returns a ball against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns a ball against Coco Gauff of the U.S. during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns a ball against Coco Gauff of the U.S. during their singles women quarterfinals match of the WTA Tour in Berlin, Saturday June 22, 2024. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement.

Nguyen Phu Trong, who was elected to a third term as general secretary in 2021, has dominated Vietnamese politics since he became party chief in 2011. He is an ideologue who views corruption as the gravest threat facing the party.

As Vietnam’s top security official, Lam led Trong’s sweeping anti-graft campaign until May, when he became president following the resignation of his predecessor, who stood down after being caught by the campaign.

Lam is widely viewed as the top candidate to replace Trong when the latter's term ends in 2026. He spent over four decades in the Ministry of Public Security before becoming the minister in 2016 and had been a key figure in the execution of anti-corruption measures.

The party's powerful Politburo has now asked Lam to “preside over the work of the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, and the Secretariat," according to a statement from the party’s central office.

The statement also confirmed Trong's ill health which had long been rumored but didn't give any further details.

FILE - Vietnamese General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the media in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 10, 2023. Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (Luong Thai Linh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Vietnamese General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the media in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 10, 2023. Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (Luong Thai Linh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Vietnamese President To Lam speaks during a press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 20, 2024. To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool, File)

FILE - Vietnamese President To Lam speaks during a press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 20, 2024. To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool, File)

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