Naomi Osaka, Anett Kontaveit withdraw from Berlin



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Naomi Osaka, Anett Kontaveit withdraw from Berlin

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka and second-ranked Anett Kontaveit have both withdrawn from next week's WTA event in Berlin.

Osaka had been expected to kick off her 2022 grass season next week in Berlin but she decided to skip the event.

Osaka, 24, has no previous appearances on the grass courts of Berlin. Osaka has been battling an Achilles issue for quite some time and that is likely the reason why she has decided to skip Berlin. On the other side, 26-year-old Kontaveit also won't be making her Berlin debut next week.

Osaka and Kontaveit are one of the biggest names of the game and they were expected to lead this year's Berlin player field.

Osaka dealing with an Achilles injury

Osaka made the decision to compete at the French Open but she didn't make it far as she was ousted by Amanda Anisimova in th first round.

After the match, Osaka revealed she took a painkiller before the match. "I took a painkiller before my match. I still kind of felt it a little, which I'm going to see what happens when it wears off," Osaka said after the loss.

"I prepared myself to feel it, so that wasn't really the wearing part. It was just annoying to me because the last time I played her, our serves were really important. And coming into this tournament I didn't serve a lot, because we wanted to wait until last minute to protect my Achilles."

Also, Osaka suggested the may decide to skip Wimbledon. “I would say the decision is kind of affecting my mentality going into grass, like I’m not 100 percent sure if I’m going to go there,” Osaka said, per Standard.

“I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but like at the same time, for me, it’s kind of like - I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up."

Even if Osaka decides to compete at Wimbledon, she will likely arrive to tournament without playing any tournaments leading up to The Championships.