World no. 2 Naomi Osaka, world no. 4 Sofia Kenin and world no. 8 Iga Swiatek have all pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal. Osaka didn’t specify the reason for her withdrawing from the tournament where she was the top seed.
In her statement announcing her decision, the four-time Grand Slam champion said, “I am sorry to be missing out on Montreal this year. Sending my best to all the fans there, the tournament and the staff. I hope to see you all in Canada next year”.
Last week, Osaka had played the 2020 Tokyo Games and had reached the third round before losing to eventual silver medallist, the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova. That was Osaka’s first tournament since she decided to pull out of the French Open after winning her first round.
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Meanwhile, Swiatek, who also travelled to the Japanese capital for the Olympics, cited tiredness as her reason for skipping Montreal. “I am very sorry but this year I will not be able to play in Montreal.
The first part of the season was so intense that I need a couple of days off to rest and prepare for the next few months. I’m looking forward to playing in Canada in 2022”. Kenin’s decision to not play in Montreal this year is due to her still recuperating from her foot injury.
“I’m really disappointed to withdraw from the event in Montréal next week. While I’m making progress, my foot injury is not where I need it to be to play at the highest level. I feel another week of recovery and rehab is necessary.
I want to thank Tennis Canada for all its efforts in holding the event during such challenging times. Best of luck to all the players,” Kenin acknowledged. Following Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal, world no. 3 Aryna Sabalenka will be the top seed at the National Bank Open.
The event was not played in 2020 due to the pandemic, and Bianca Andreescu, who won the tournament in 2019, is the defending champion this year.