Tennis – Qatar Open 2019: Naomi Osaka Withdraws Due To Back Injury

Naomi Osaka

World number one Naomi Osaka will miss one week from now’s Qatar Open with back damage.

The Japanese, who a month ago won a second progressive grand slam by beating Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open final, endured a comparative issue a year ago that saw her miss the Hong Kong Open.

It would have denoted Osaka’s first competition since her triumph in Melbourne, however the 21-year-old will rather set aside opportunity to recuperate.

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Australian Open champion said:

“I am sorry to have withdraw from Doha this year as I was looking forward to playing and seeing my fans there,”

“I wish everyone a great week and hope to see everyone next year.”

There is a lot of star ability in plain view in Doha, with 2014 hero Simona Halep – who Osaka supplanted on the rankings – joined by 2017 victor Karolina Pliskova, just as Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens.

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