Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Pan Pacific Open

Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Pan Pacific Open
Naomi Osaka serves to Leylah Fernandez during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in New York.

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Toray Pan Pacific Open where she is defending Champion.

Osaka had won the Tokyo Tournament the last time it was held back in 2019.

“I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today,” Osaka said in a statement.

“It’s an honor to be able to play at the Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan.”

“This has and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped on the court today, but my body won’t let me.”

With the walkover, Haddad Maia will move on to face Veronika Kudermetova in the next round.

“Thank you for all your support this week and I will see you next year,” Osaka added.

The withdrawal is an unfortunate turn of events for Osaka who before the tournament said that she felt fit and healthy again after dealing with injuries the last season.

“I think of course the year has been not the best year for me but I think overall I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Osaka told reporters before the start of the tournament.

“I’m happy to be healthy because in Europe I did injure myself and that was the first injury that took me that long to get healed.”

“I think life is ups and downs and this one was more down than up but overall I’m happy with where I am right now.”

The withdrawal comes after he win against Daria Saville who had to retire because of a knee injury.

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