Osaka Pulls Out Of Italian Open Quarter-Finals

0
105
newsbay channels news
newsbay channels news
File photo of Japan’s Naomi Osaka at a press conference where she informed she can not play the semifinal at the WTA Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, due to an injury. PHOTO: THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Italian Open before Thursday’s quarter-finals with an injury just a week before the start of the French Open.

The 21-year-old withdrew because of a “pain in her right hand,” organisers announced.

The Japanese star was due to meet Madrid Open champion and sixth seed Kiki Bertens for a place in the final four in Rome.

Osaka won twice on Thursday after the previous day’s play was rained off, retaining the world number one ranking ahead of Roland Garros.

READ ALSO: Osaka Retains Number One Ranking, Reaches Rome Quarters

She eased into the last eight in Rome with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Osaka beat the 29th-ranked Romanian in 78 minutes after earlier beating Slovak Dominika Cibulkova by the same scoreline in one hour and 42 minutes in the second round, as players doubled up after the previous day was washed out.

At the start of the day, Osaka had needed to make the quarter-finals to ensure Romanian Simona Halep could not swipe the number one ranking and with it top seeding in the French Open starting on May 26.

But Osaka’s top spot was guaranteed when reigning Roland Garros champion Halep fell to Czech Marketa Vondrousova 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.

“Of course, it’s a relief (to be top seed at Roland Garros) because that definitely was a very big goal of mine.”

Osaka, who broke through by winning the US Open last year and Australian Open this year, did not survive the second round in her two previous appearances in Rome.

Before this year Osaka had never made the last eight of any clay tournament, but has now also reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and quarter-finals in Madrid as she warms up for the second Grand Slam of the season in Paris.

AFP

Original Article

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here