Stan Wawrinka to miss U.S. Open with injured knee

Stan Wawrinka chose long-term health over a U.S. Open title defense.

The defending champion pulled out of the tournament Friday because of an injured knee, saying he decided to undergo a “medical intervention” and sit out the rest of 2017. He did not provide any specifics about the injury or treatment.

Stan Wawrinka Injury

“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said in a statement through his agency.

He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.

Like Roger Federer last year, Wawrinka couldn’t make it to New York for the season’s final major, which begins Aug. 28.

The fourth-ranked Wawrinka, 32, added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.

CITI OPEN: Eighth-seeded Jack Sock defeated No. 3 Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Citi Open Friday in Washington.

No. 15 Kevin Anderson defeated unseeded Yuki Bhambri 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, No. 5 Alexander Zverev defeated unseeded Daniel Medvedev 6-2, 6-4, and No. 2 Kei Nishikori defeated unseeded Tommy Paul 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4.

In the women’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Simona Halep retired because of heat after No. 7 Ekaterina Makarova led 2-6, 6-3, 1-0.

No. 4 Julia Goerges defeated No. 6 Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4, No. 5 Ocean Dodin defeated Sabine Lisicki 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Andra Petkovic defeated Bianc Andreescu 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza rolled past Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif..

Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion, broke Konjuh’s serve twice for an early 3-0 lead and never trailed in the match.

Muguruza will play third-seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Lesia Tsurenko. Keys had 19 winners and five aces.

American’s Catherine Bellis and Coco Vandeweghe each upset a seeded opponent. Bellis beat No. 2 Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-0 for her first WTA premier semifinal and Vandeweghe knocked out No. 4 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3.

GENERALI OPEN: Philipp Kohlschreiber and Joao Sousa advanced to the final of the Generali Open on Friday, with both players seeking their first title of the season in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Sousa ended the run of Austrian wild card Sebastian Ofner, who appeared in his maiden semifinal, with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win. The 62nd-ranked Portuguese will seek his third career title and first since winning in Valencia two years ago.

Earlier, Kohlschreiber held serve throughout against second-seeded Fabio Fognini and defeated the 25th-ranked Italian 7-5, 6-3. Fognini missed out on his second final in as many weeks after winning his fifth career title in Gstaad, Switzerland, last week.

The 47th-ranked Kohlschreiber is 1-2 against Sousa but won their only previous match this season. Both players lost their other final this year, Kohlschreiber to Borna Coric in Marrakech in April and Sousa to Jack Sock in Auckland in January.

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