Tennis star Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA tournament semi-final with injury
Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the WTA tournament semi-final in Melbourne on Saturday with an abdominal injury, saying her body was in shock after returning to tennis.
- Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semi-final clash with Russian Veronika Kudermetova at the WTA tournament
- The tournament is Osaka’s first event in four months after last appearing at the US Open
- Osaka set to defend their Australian Open crown later this month
The former Japanese world number one has pulled out of her Rod Laver Arena clash with Russian Veronika Kudermetova.
Due to defend his Australian Open crown later that month, Osaka was playing his first tournament in four months after his last appearance at the US Open.
“Sad to retire due to injury in my game today. My body was shocked playing back-to-back intense matches after the break I took,” Osaka said in a Twitter post. .
“I’ll try to rest and see you soon!”
Tennis Australia has released a statement that the 24-year-old suffered an injury.
“I had a lot of fun playing here in Melbourne. Unfortunately I have an abdominal injury that I need to rest and prepare for the Australian Open,” Osaka said in the statement.
Playing in the WTA’s summer first set, the four-time Grand Slam champion beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 7-5 in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Earlier on Saturday, Amanda Anisimova booked her first WTA Final appearance since 2019, with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina.
In the summer second set final, Anisimova will face her compatriot American Ann Li or Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, with this match later today.
In the other final, Kudermetova will meet Simona Halep, who beat Chinese qualifier Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.