Naomi Osaka withdraws from Pan Pacific Open due to illness
Tokyo, 22 September (H.S.). Japan’s star female tennis player and defending champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the ongoing Pan Pacific Open due to illness. He announced his withdrawal before the second round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Osaka said in a statement on Thursday, “I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today. It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toure Pan Pacific Open in front of amazing fans here in Japan. This is a special tournament for me and always will be. And I wish I could walk in court today, but my body was not allowing me to do so. Thank you for all your support this week and I will see you next year.”
Following this announcement, Hadad Maya advanced to the quarter-finals via walkover, where she would face either fourth seed Veronica Kudermetova or Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gómez.
Osaka is the defending champion who won the title in 2019. The tournament was not organized in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the ongoing edition of the tournament, Osaka entered the second round after Australia’s Daria Saville withdrew from the first round due to a knee injury.
Prior to this tournament, Osaka had told the media that he was fit and healthy after battling a season with injuries.
Osaka had said, “I think the year has definitely not been the best year for me, but I think overall I learned a lot about myself. I’m happy to be healthy because I hurt myself in Europe and it was the first injury that took me a long time to recover.”
The Pan Pacific Open began on September 19 and will conclude on September 25.