Osaka withdraws from Pan Pacific, Pliskova loses

TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open forward of her second-round fit because of sickness on Thursday.

“I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today,” Osaka stated in a observation. “It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This has and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped on court, but my body won’t let me. I will see you next year.”

Osaka did not specify the sickness and stated ahead of the event she was once have compatibility and wholesome. She was once champion of the former Pan Pacific in 2019 and complex to the second one around this week after Daria Saville retired with a knee harm of their first-round fit.

Fifth-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil benefited by means of a walkover from Osaka’s withdrawal and has a quarterfinal in opposition to fourth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova, who ruled Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez 6-0, 6-1.

In different second-round fits, Petra Martic dissatisfied sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4, and in a fit of unseeded avid gamers, Liudmila Samsonova squeezed previous China’s Xinyu Wang 7-6 (5), 6-3.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, Martic will play China’s Zhang Shuai, Samsonova faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, and America’s Claire Liu meets China’s Qinwen Zheng.

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