Things just seem to get worse for 4-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka this season as she is forced to withdraw from the ongoing Japan Open in Tokyo due to an injury concern. Osaka was due to face Brazilian 5th seed, Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Round of 16 but just hours before the match, she decided to pull out of the tournament.
She just spent 14 minutes on the court in the biggest tournament on her home soil. In the first round, leading 1-0 in the first set against Daria Saville, Osaka received a walkover after Saville was forced to retire due to a knee injury she suffered after she took a terrible fall on the court.
Osaka expressed how sorry she was for withdrawing and reasoned that her body won’t let her step onto the court and hence she is forced to make the tough call.
“I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today. It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toray 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. Thank you for all your support this week and I will see you next year,” Osaka said.
Naomi Osaka slammed on social media for withdrawing from the Japan Open
Naomi Osaka has been out of form for almost 2 years now and hasn’t done anything significant this season. She has dropped down to No.48 in the WTA Rankings and to make things worse, hasn’t entered any tournament for the rest of the season. This means that if Osaka doesn’t get any wild card, her 2022 season is over.
Fans on social media were upset with her withdrawal but were also agitated because every now and then, Osaka can’t seem to get things right. Some frustrated fans even asked her to retire so that she could focus on her mental health.