Naomi Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart Open, to start clay courtroom season ‘a little bit later,’ say organisers

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart Open, to start clay courtroom season ‘a little bit later,’ say organisers

‘Naomi Osaka will now start the European clay courtroom season a little bit later in Could,’ mentioned the Stuttgart organisers in a press release.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart Open, to begin clay court season 'a little later,' say organisers

File picture of Japan’s Naomi Osaka. AP

Berlin: Japan’s world quantity two Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from subsequent month’s WTA clay-court event in Stuttgart, organisers confirmed Wednesday.

“Naomi Osaka will now start the European clay courtroom season a little bit later in Could,” mentioned the Stuttgart organisers in a press release.

The event in south-west Germany from 17-25 April is ready to go forward behind closed doorways as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

It is likely one of the first clay-court occasions in Europe within the build-up to the French Open at Roland Garros, which is because of begin on 23 Could.

Osaka gained the primary Grand Slam title of 2021 final month when she beat Jennifer Brady of the USA within the Australian Open remaining.

Regardless of Osaka’s absence, seven of the world’s prime ten feminine gamers are anticipated in Stuttgart, headed by world primary Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

In addition to defending champion Petra Kvitova, top-ten stars Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and 2018 Stuttgart winner Karolina Pliskova are additionally anticipated to be function.

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