Naomi Osaka withdraws from the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday due to illness



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Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday due to illness, ending her title defense at the tournament.

“I really regret not being able to compete today,” Osaka said in a statement to the WTA.

“It’s an honor to play the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the fantastic fans here in Japan. This has been 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. Thank you for all your support this week and see you next year”

The ancient world no. 1 was suffering from abdominal pain, Reuters reported, after she went into the second round when her opponent Daria Saville suffered a knee injury.

Osaka has endured an injury-plagued season, failing to win more than one match in a single tournament since reaching the Miami Open final in April.

He withdrew from the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament in January with an abdominal injury, missed the entire grass court season with an Achilles injury and withdrew from his first match at the Canadian Open with a back injury.

Osaka was knocked out in the opening round of the US Open last month.

“This year hasn’t been the best for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Osaka told reporters before the start of the Pan Pacific Open.

“Life has ups and downs, and this year has been more down than up, but overall, I’m pretty happy with where I am now.”

Due to her injury problems this year, Osaka has fallen from world no. January 13 in the world number. 48 and has not won a grand slam since the 2021 Australian Open.

“It was kind of hard at first, just because I feel like I should be in a place where I’m obviously not at the moment,” he said.

“I think for me it’s more about being at peace with myself. I know I’m here for a reason.”

Haddad Maia will now go to the quarter-finals by walkover where she will face Veronika Kudermetova or Fernanda Contreras Gómez.

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