Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open with abdominal pain

Naomi Osaka’s title defense at her domestic Pan Pacific Open ended on Thursday when the former world number one retired ahead of her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia due to abdominal pain.

“I’m really sorry I can’t compete today,” said four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, who won the tournament when it was last held in her hometown of Osaka in 2019.

“It’s an honor to play the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This was and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped onto the pitch today but my body wouldn’t let me.”

It is the latest setback for the 24-year-old, who sat out the entire grass season with an Achilles tendon injury and withdrew from her first-round match in Toronto with back problems in the run-up to the US Open.

Brazil’s Haddad Maia will face either fourth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova or Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez in the quarterfinals.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34640378/naomi-osaka-pulls-pan-pacific-open-abdominal-pain Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open with abdominal pain

Emma Bowman

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