Sadly, we may not be seeing much of the reigning world champion, Naomi Osaka in the upcoming Qatar Open. The 21-year-old tennis star has pulled out of the tournament due to a back injury.
There were no details given about the injury but the World Number one and two-time Grand Slam winner, also withdrew from the Hong Kong Open last October because of problems with her back.
The Japanese tennis star mentioned in a statement “I am sorry to have to withdraw from Doha this year as I was looking forward to playing and seeing my fans there,” said Osaka, who won the Australian Open last month,
“I wish everyone a great week and hope to see everyone next year.”
Her withdrawal will come as a blow to organisers in Doha, who also announced on Tuesday that her place as top seed in the Qatar Open will be taken by the woman she recently replaced as world number one, Romania’s Simona Halep.
Japanese Osaka is currently the US Open and Australian Open champion.
She defeated Czech star Petra Kvitova – last year’s Qatar Open winner – in three sets in Melbourne to claim her second Grand Slam after upsetting Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows .
By Olukayode Oniwinde