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Osaka (hamstring) withdraws from French Open

Field Level Media
18 Sep 2020, 12:40 GMT+10

Less than a week after winning the U.S. Open women's single title, Japan's Naomi Osaka announced Thursday that she will miss the upcoming French Open due to an ongoing left-hamstring ailment.

The Paris major is due to start on Sept. 27.

Osaka tweeted, "My hamstring is still sore so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay -- these 2 tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organizers and players all the best."

The same injury had forced Osaka, 22, to withdraw from the final of the Western Southern Open just before the U.S. Open. However, when the New York major began, she was able to move all the way through the draw to capture the third Grand Slam title of her career.

Victoria Azarenka, who earned the Western Southern championship when Osaka withdrew, was Osaka's final-round opponent in the U.S. Open, and the Belarusian won the first set. However, Osaka rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to become the first player since 1994 to capture the U.S. Open women's singles final after losing the opening set.

Osaka improved to 3-0 in major finals, having previously won the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open. She is ranked No. 3 in the world after holding the No. 1 spot for six months over two stints last year.

The current world No. 1, Australia's Ashleigh Barty, previously announced she wouldn't play in the French Open due to health risks and a lack of preparation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media

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