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Tournament should be moved to Istanbul. No one would withdraw.
 

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Is Naomi still competing in Osaka?
She is, but so are Pavs, Poots, Kerber, Giorgi and Mertens, as well as Muchova, Alexandrova and Yafan in Korea, and Stosur and Kenin in Guangzhou (although their final in tomorrow), and none of those receive byes into R2 which Noami would have. Naomi might not feel the need for points as much as the others - although if she loses to Poots, or even a semi final, then her Shenzhen hopes will be very much in the balance.
 

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so SS can vulture some ITFs in the back country? premier isn't her level anyway. :shrug:
 

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Ha, in all seriousness though, it'll be interesting to see if she does go back to ITFs at the end of the year.

If she is fit, I'm sure she will play Beijing and Tianjin, but last year after Beijing and HK, ranked 57, she entered and won W100 Suzhou, picking up 140 points, with her highest ranked opponent 142. 3 weeks later, ranked 46, she entered W100 Shenzhen and reached the final (85 points) with 139 being the highest ranked opponent she faced. She's a little higher ranked now and has obviously beaten better players this year, particularly in SJ, but those 225 points are part of her countable tournaments, and if she can pick up similar points this year for beating 150-300 type players, in her home country, I'm sure she will give it some serious consideration.
 

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Why risk further injuring yourself by playing 4 weeks in tow? Maybe they know something we don't.
 

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Osaka doesn't enter, takes wildcard, withdraws before tournament even starts while still healthy enough to compete somewhere else :unsure:?
 
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