4-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from her second-round match in opposition to Beatriz Haddad Maia on the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday as a result of sickness, ending her title protection on the event.
“I’m actually sorry that I’m not capable of compete as we speak,” Osaka stated in a press release to the WTA.
“It’s an honor to have the ability to play on the Toray Pan Pacific Open in entrance of the wonderful followers right here in Japan. This has and at all times will likely be a particular event for me and I want I might have stepped on court docket as we speak, however my physique gained’t let me. Thanks for all of your help this week and I’ll see you subsequent yr”
The previous world No. 1 was affected by belly ache, Reuters reported, after she superior to the second spherical when her opponent Daria Saville suffered a knee damage.
Osaka has endured an injury-plagued season, failing to win multiple match at a single event since she reached the ultimate of the Miami Open in April.
She withdrew from the semifinals of the Melbourne Summer time Set 1 event in January with an belly damage, missed your entire grass court docket season as a result of an Achilles damage and withdrew from her opening match of the Canadian Open with a again damage.
“This yr has not been the perfect yr for me, however I’ve realized loads about myself,” Osaka advised reporters earlier than the beginning of the Pan Pacific Open.
“Life is ups and downs, and this yr was extra down than up, however total, I’m fairly proud of the place I’m now.”
On account of her damage issues this yr, Osaka has fallen from world No. 13 in January to world No. 48 and has not gained a grand slam because the 2021 Australian Open.
“It was sort of onerous at first, simply because I really feel like I needs to be someplace the place I’m clearly at the moment not,” she stated.
“I feel for me it’s extra about being at peace with myself. I do know that I’m right here for a cause.”
Haddad Maia will now advance to the quarterfinals by walkover the place she’s going to face both Veronika Kudermetova or Fernanda Contreras Gómez.