Naomi Osaka’s title defense at her home Pan Pacific Open ended on Thursday when the former world number one pulled out ahead of her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia due to abdominal pain.
“I’m really sorry that I couldn’t compete today,” said the four-time Grand Slam champion, who won the tournament in its last edition in 2019 in her hometown of Osaka.
“It’s an honor to be able to play the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of amazing fans here in Japan. It has been and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped onto the court today, but my body don’t allow me.
It was the latest setback for the 24-year-old, who missed the entire grass-court season with an Achilles injury and also pulled out of her first-round match in Toronto with a back problem. approaching the US Open.
Osaka had reached the second round after her own first-round opponent, Daria Saville, retired injured in only the second game of the match.
Brazilian Haddad Maia will face fourth seed Veronika Kudermetova or Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez in the quarterfinals.