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‘Hasn’t Healed Yet’ – Naomi Osaka Announces Worrying News at Italian Open 2022

Published 05/09/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

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4-time Grand Slam winner, Naomi Osaka has been struggling to find her top form on clay courts. After a great Miami Open, she felt confident about the clay-court season, as she planned to play two back-to-back tournaments in Madrid and Rome before the French Open. However, she had to change her plan due to an unfortunate injury, and the latest news is not going to please Osaka and her fans.

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Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Italian Open


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In the latest news, WTA announced that the former world no.1 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Rome Open. In a statement, Osaka said, “Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet. It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful especially in advance of Roland Garros.”

“I love this city and always enjoy playing in front of the Italian fans so I will be sorry to miss them – but look forward to coming back next year,” she further stated about participating in Rome.


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Earlier, she also posted a tweet, which stated, “Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and you just gotta find joy in the unknown.”

Osaka may have been referring to the current situation she is in. Notably, she suffered a shocking loss in the third round of the Madrid Open at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo. Before the match, many noticed the heavy strapping on Osaka’s leg. Now, we know she has been suffering from an Achilles injury. 

There’s a slight change in schedule at the Italian Open after Osaka’s injury


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At the Italian Open, Osaka was supposed to play Sara Sorribes Tormo again, in her very first match. Many thought it could be a revenge match for the 24-year-old Japanese player. Unfortunately, Osaka withdrew from the tournament. As a result, Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain will take Osaka’s spot in the main draw and will face her fellow compatriot, Sorribes Tormo, in the first match. 

Meanwhile, this injury will be a big setback for the Japanese player in her preparations for the French Open. Now, she will be hoping to recover well before the French Open, even after a terrible clay-court season.


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Debkinkar Maity


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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
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