The 24-year-old tennis player announced the news in a Tweet on Friday (January 7), writing that her body was in “shock” after returning to the sport and that she hoped to recover in time for the Australian Open.
The tournament marks her first since the US Open. Following her elimination in September, Osaka revealed that she would take a break from tennis to focus on her mental health.
Sad to withdraw due to injury from my match today, my body got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break I took. Thank you for all the love this past week ❤️ I’ll try to rest up and I’ll see you soon!
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 8, 2022
“Sad to withdraw to injury from my match today,” she wrote. “My body got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break I took. Thank you for all the love this past week. I’ll try to rest up and I’ll see you soon!”
Osaka was due to compete against Veronika Kudermetova on Saturday. The Russian player now advances to the final following her withdrawal.
The Australian Open begins on January 17.