After withdrawing from the Melbourne Summer Set, Naomi Osaka gives a positive update
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As she prepares to defend her title at the Australian Open later this month, the Japanese tennis star was scheduled to compete in the semi-finals of the WTA 250 event this morning. After withdrawing from the Melbourne Summer Set, Naomi Osaka gives a positive update.
Due to her withdrawal from the tournament, Veronika Kudermetova, her scheduled opponent, advances to the final, where she will face Simona Halep.
In the early hours of Friday morning, Osaka confirmed her resignation from the competition on Twitter.
“Sad to withdraw due to injury from my match today,” the world number 13 wrote. “My body got a shock from playing back-to-back intense matches after the break I took.
“Thank you for all the love this past week. I’ll try to rest up and I’ll see you soon!”
Sad to withdraw due to injury from my match today, my body got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break I took. Thank you for all the love this past week ❤️ I’ll try to rest up and I’ll see you soon!
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 8, 2022
After taking a break after the US Open, the four-time Grand Slam champion returned to the court at the Melbourne Summer Set earlier this month.
Following her withdrawal from the French Open in May, Osaka took a hiatus from tennis. In order to safeguard her mental health, the 24-year-old opted to skip Roland Garros media obligations.
“I’ve often felt people have no regard for athletes’ mental health and this rings very true when whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” she wrote on Twitter.
“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 26, 2021