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Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Warm-up Games

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Australian Open Warm-up Tournament
Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Australian Open Warm-up Tournament

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has announced that she is pulling out of the semi-finals of an Australian Open warm-up tournament after she says her body went into “shock” from playing hard tennis after she took months off to focus on herself.

Now, the Australian Open — already possibly without superstar Novak Djokovic, could also be without one of women’s tennis’ biggest stars, Osaka.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka, clearly bummed, announced she was withdrawing from the Melbourne Summer Set over an ab injury.

“I had a lot of fun playing here in Melbourne,” Osaka said in an official statement. “Unfortunately I have an abdominal injury which I need to rest and prepare for the Australian Open.”

Tennis star Naomi Osaka expanded on the injury on social media, tweeting her body “got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break she took” forcing the former No.1 ranked women’s tennis player to pull out at the last minute.

“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 @naomiosaka

Naomi returned to the tennis court in November after stepping away from the game to focus on herself following an emotional loss at the U.S. Open in September.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, has been outspoken about her struggles with mental health in the past, infamously boycotting the media at the French Open.

24-year-old Osaka who was scheduled to play Veronika Kudermetova of Russia is sidelined once again as she tries to rehab her way back to competition.

Thankfully for tennis fans, barring something unforeseen, Osaka is expected to play in the Australian Open Tournament … which begins January 17.

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