When Naomi Osaka, the struggling former world number one. She withdrew from her hometown Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday due to stomach pain, and her problems only got worse. Later that day, Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil was scheduled to face the 24-year-old Japanese player. However, she withdrew because her “body won’t let” her participate.
Osaka stated in a statement sent by the event’s organizers. “It’s an honor to be able to play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the fantastic spectators here in Japan.” I wish I could have played today, but my body won’t let me. This event has been and always will be precious to me.
I appreciate all of your support this week, and I’ll see you again next year, she continued. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, was hoping to turn things around in Tokyo. There she is the reigning champion from the tournament’s most recent edition in 2019.
After a miserable run in which she lost in the first round of her past three events. She has fallen to position 48 in the women’s world rankings. In Tokyo, Osaka’s first-round match against Daria Saville of Australia lasted barely seven minutes until Saville lost consciousness due to a knee injury.
After leaving the game, it was discovered that Saville had damaged her anterior cruciate ligament. On Monday, Osaka acknowledged that this year had “more down than up” for her.
Osaka has previously discussed having mental health issues
She added, adding that she was “glad to be well,” that this year had not been the best for her, but she had learned a lot about herself. Life has its ups and downs, and this year has had more downs than ups. But generally, I’m content with where I am.
Osaka lost in the first round of both the French and US Opens and has spent the entire year outside the top 10. She had considered boycotting the competition because ranking points would not be granted. However, she withdrew due to an Achilles ailment.
Her withdrawal from the Pan Pacific Open was only the most recent setback for the competition which had seen numerous well-known athletes eliminated in the first few rounds.
Along with Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina, top seeds Paula Badosa of Spain and Caroline Garcia of France were ousted in their opening rounds. On Thursday, Petra Martic of Croatia defeated number six seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4 to become the latest victim.