Sports

US Open champion Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open due to hamstring injury

ANI | September 18, 2020 10:11 AM
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. (Photo/US Open Twitter)

New Delhi [India], September 18 (ANI): US Open champion Naomi Osaka on Friday announced that she will not compete in this year's French Open due to a hamstring injury.Osaka took to Twitter and wrote, "Hey guys, first and foremost thank so much for all the support over the last three weeks. I couldn't have done it without you!"

"Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay -- these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year. i wish the organisers and players all the best," the world number three added.

The French Open is due to start on September 27 at Roland Garros, rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Osaka registered a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the US Open summit clash over Victoria Azarenka. The No. 4 seed and 2018 champion overcame an inspired assault from Azarenka in the opening set to win her third career Grand Slam crown after one hour and 53 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka became the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles, breaking the tie she held with China's Li Na.

After Ashleigh Barty, the Japanese became the second player of the world's top three to miss the French Open.

"It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year. Last year's French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly," Barty had said.

Osaka's announcement also came just hours after French Open organisers were forced to slash daily attendance from 11,500 to 5,000 as coronavirus cases surge in France. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
I try to give best start possible to Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock
I try to give best start possible to Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock
Cut chores, kill chill time: New advice to boost children's academic outcomes
Cut chores, kill chill time: New advice to boost children's academic outcomes
Manushi Chhillar says she wants to dedicate her life to women, children issues
Manushi Chhillar says she wants to dedicate her life to women, children issues
Celebrities worldwide join forces with Free a Girl to raise the #VoiceForJustice Campaign
Celebrities worldwide join forces with Free a Girl to raise the #VoiceForJustice Campaign
PS5 launch title 'Destruction AllStars' postponed to Feb 2021
PS5 launch title 'Destruction AllStars' postponed to Feb 2021
'Parampara, Pratishtha, Anushasan': Amitabh Bachchan marks 20 years of 'Mohabbatein'
'Parampara, Pratishtha, Anushasan': Amitabh Bachchan marks 20 years of 'Mohabbatein'
Study finds postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth
Study finds postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth
Vigilance Bureau to observe ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ to weed out corruption among society
Vigilance Bureau to observe ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ to weed out corruption among society
IPL 13: It was painful to see Du Plessis carrying drinks, says CSK spinner Tahir
IPL 13: It was painful to see Du Plessis carrying drinks, says CSK spinner Tahir
India's active COVID-19 cases fall below 10 per cent since last 3 days: MoHFW
India's active COVID-19 cases fall below 10 per cent since last 3 days: MoHFW
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to be re-released across world
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to be re-released across world
IPL 13: Siraj reveals how he dismissed Nitish Rana for a golden duck
IPL 13: Siraj reveals how he dismissed Nitish Rana for a golden duck