Osaka withdraws from Pan Pacific, Pliskova loses

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Tokyo (AFP) – Defending champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open ahead of her second-round match due to illness on Thursday.

“I am truly sorry that I am unable to compete today,” Osaka said in a statement. “It is such an honor to be able to play at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This has been and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could get on the field, but my body won’t let me. I’ll see you next year.”

Osaka did not specify the disease and said before the tournament that she was in good shape and in good health. The former Pan Pacific champion in 2019 advanced to the second round this week after Daria Savile retired with a knee injury in the first round match.

Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya, the fifth seed, took advantage of her exit from Osaka and went into the quarter-finals against fourth seed Veronica Kudermetova, who defeated Mexican Fernanda Contreras Gomez 6-0, 6-1 in the qualifiers.

In other matches in the second round, Petra Martic beat sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4, and in a match that includes unranked players, Lyudmila Samsonova beat China’s Xinyu Wang 7-6 (5), 6-3.

In Friday’s quarter-finals, Martic will play China’s Zhang Shuai, third seed Samsonova will face Garbine Muguruza, and American Claire Liu will meet China’s Chinwen Zheng.

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