In today's semifinal match at $125K Ningbo Challenger in China, Rendy faced Daniel Taro of Japan. However, after getting out of bed this morning, Rendy's shoulder injury (which got injured at Shanghai Challenger a few weeks ago but never really fully recovered) got a lot worse. During warm up after getting on the court, the pain got worse after hitting some balls. After only two games of match play, the speed of the balls that Rendy hit dropped drastically. Rendy couldn't hit normally due to the pain, hitting motions were limited, and unforced errors went up. At 2-5, Rendy decided to retire from the match.
After the match, Rendy said he felt disappointed as he was playing well these days and felt good about defending this week's title. However, due to the shoulder injury, he cannot finish to the end. Even though Rendy cannot defend this back-to-back titles at Ningbo Challenger and next week's Suzhou Challenger, fortunately he has enough ATP points to directly enter the Australian Open maindraw early next year. And, Team Lu estimates that Rendy's year-end ranking should fall somewhere around No. 80 or so. Rendy will end this season early and spend the next several weeks to recover and prepare for December's winter training. As Rendy gets older, it is crucial to plan well on the tournament schedule and make necessary adjustments in order to continue Rendy's tennis career.