Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon with ongoing Achilles injury: ‘It’s still not good’

The former world No1 suffers from a persistent Achilles problem in a second-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Madrid Open in May, which also forced her to withdraw from the Open. Italy to Rome.

The injury persists and means Osaka will not be present when the third Grand Slam of the year kicks off at the All England club on June 27.

“My Achille is still not right, so I’ll see you next time,” she wrote on social media on Saturday.

Adding a wave and a grass emoji, the four-time slam winner continued, “After the storm comes calm. It’s a saying I’m actively trying to master.

“I feel like life keeps handing out cards and you’ll never get used to it, but it’s how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that says a lot about your character. I have a lot repeated mantras in my head lately.

“I don’t know if it’s to subconsciously help me through stressful times or to calm my mind realizing that everything will be fine as long as I put the work in place. Because what more can you do ?

“Every day before I go to sleep, I think of all the people I love and how grateful I am to have them in my life. Honestly, I just wish them the best and hope that my existence brings them as much joy as they to me.

Osaka was able to take part in this year’s French Open, where she crashed out in the first round against Amanda Anisimova as she made a short-lived return to Roland Garros 12 months after retiring from the Major on earth beaten to protect her sanity amid a row over her absence from press conferences.

The 24-year-old pulled out of Wimbledon last summer and then took a four-month break following shock losses to Marketa Vondrousova and Leylah Fernandez at the Tokyo Olympics and US Open – where she was the defending champion – respectively, revealing she had been suffering from long periods of depression and anxiety since 2018.

Osaka made her return to the sport in Melbourne in January, losing to familiar opponent Anisimova in the third round of the Australian Open, then not playing in any other tournaments until Indian Wells in March, where she beat Sloane Stephens. before retiring against Veronika Kudermetova.

The four-time Grand Slam champion did, however, reach the Miami Open final, where she was knocked out in straight sets by dominant world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

Wimbledon was not held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while in 2019 Osaka was stunned as the second seed by Yulia Putintseva in the first round. She never made it past the third round at SW19.

In May, Osaka admitted she could miss Wimbledon as the tournament was stripped of its ranking points by the ATP and WTA following the controversial decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing amid the war. in Ukraine.

But while Osaka’s withdrawal is due to injury, former runner-up Eugenie Bouchard has now confirmed she is skipping Wimbledon for this reason.

“Due to my shoulder surgery, I receive a limited number of Protected Rating (PR) entries,” she said on Twitter.

“Even though I love Wimbledon and skipping it makes me sad, using a PR entry in a tournament without ranking points doesn’t make sense.

“I have to choose wisely and use my PR inputs at tournaments that will help me get back to where I want to be.”


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