Naomi Osaka, the last remaining Japanese player in the draw of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in the Japanese capital, pulled out of the WTA 500 event on Thursday. The former world no. 1 who was to play her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia couldn’t take to the court due to ill-health.
Announcing her decision, Osaka shared, “I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today. It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This has and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped on court today, but my body won’t let me.
Thank you for all your support this week and I will see you next year”.
Toray Pan Pacific Open: Karolina Pliskova ousted
As a result of Osaka’s withdrawal, the fifth-seeded Brazilian took her place in the quarter-finals where she will now play Veronika Kudermetova.
The fourth seed ended the run of Mexican qualifier, Fernanda Contreras Gomez in their round-of-16 match-up. Kudermetova needed merely 56 minutes to post a 6-0, 6-1 win in which she won 77% of her first-serve points and saved all three break points she faced.
Kudermetova converted five of the 10 break points that came her way on Contreras Gomez’s serve. Meanwhile, Liudmila Samsonova clinched a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Xinyu Wang in their second-round match. Samsonova needed an hour and 41 minutes to secure the result for herself.
She saved one of the two break points she faced and converted two of the five break points she had on Wang’s serve. For a chance to reach the Toray Pan Pacific Open semi-final, Samsonova will play Petra Martic. The Croatian upset fourth seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 34 minutes in their round-of-16 meeting.