Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Pan Pacific Open With Abdomen Ache

Naomi Osaka’s woes deepened when the struggling former world primary pulled out of her house Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo complaining of belly ache on Thursday. The 24-year-old Japanese was set to play Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia within the second spherical later within the day however withdrew saying her “physique will not let” her compete. “It is an honour to have the ability to play on the Toray Pan Pacific Open in entrance of the superb followers right here in Japan,” Osaka stated in an announcement launched by organisers.

“This has and all the time shall be a particular event for me and I want I may have stepped on court docket at this time, however my physique will not let me.”

“Thanks for all of your help this week and I’ll see you subsequent 12 months,” she added.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, was trying to finish a poor run of kind in Tokyo, the place she is the defending champion from the final time the event was performed in 2019.

She has plummeted to 48 within the ladies’s world rankings after a wretched run that noticed her crash out within the first spherical of her earlier three tournaments.

Osaka’s first-round match in Tokyo in opposition to Australia’s Daria Saville lasted simply seven minutes earlier than her opponent collapsed with an injured knee.

Saville retired from the match and was later discovered to have torn her anterior cruciate ligament.

Osaka admitted on Monday that she had gone via “extra down than up” this 12 months.

“This 12 months has been not the most effective 12 months for me however I’ve realized rather a lot about myself,” she stated, including that she was “completely satisfied to be wholesome”.

“Life is ups and downs, and this 12 months was extra down than up, however general I am fairly pleased with the place I’m now.”

Osaka has been exterior the highest 10 all 12 months and endured first-round defeats at each the French and US Opens.

She withdrew from Wimbledon with an Achilles’ damage, after initially contemplating skipping the event as a result of rating factors wouldn’t be awarded.

Osaka has beforehand talked about struggles together with her psychological well being.

Her withdrawal from the Pan Pacific Open was simply the most recent blow for the event, which noticed a number of large names knocked out within the early rounds.


High seed Paula Badosa of Spain and quantity two Caroline Garcia of France have been eradicated of their opening matches, together with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Quantity six seed Karolina Pliskova misplaced 6-3, 6-4 to Croatia’s Petra Martic within the second spherical on Thursday to turn out to be the most recent casualty.

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