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Naomi Osaka to overlook Wimbledon with leg harm; former world No 1 had beforehand mentioned she was not sure she would play within the match after it had rating factors eliminated following choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers as a result of ongoing invasion of Ukraine

Final Up to date: 18/06/22 3:07pm

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a leg injury

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon as a result of a leg harm

Former world No 1 Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon as a result of a leg harm, organisers have introduced.

Osaka, 24, has been fighting an Achilles subject that she picked up in Madrid final month and can now miss the grass-court main as soon as once more.

The four-time Grand Slam champion opted out of Wimbledon final yr for psychological well being causes, whereas the 2020 version was shelved because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Osaka had beforehand mentioned she was not sure she would compete on the All England Membership after the match had its rating factors eliminated.

The ATP and WTA made that decision after Wimbledon selected to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers from collaborating because of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Osaka has won the US Open and Australian Open twice apiece - but never made it beyond the third round at Wimbledon

Osaka has gained the US Open and Australian Open twice apiece – however by no means made it past the third spherical at Wimbledon

“The choice [on ranking points] is affecting my mentality going into grass,” Osaka mentioned in Could. “I am not 100 per cent certain if I’ll go.

“I’d like to go simply to get some expertise on the grass courtroom, however I am the kind of participant that will get motivated by seeing my rating go up.

“I really feel like if I play Wimbledon with out factors, it is extra like an exhibition. I do know this is not true, however my mind simply feels that approach. Once I assume one thing is like an exhibition, I simply can’t go at it 100 per cent.”

Osaka, who has by no means made it previous the third spherical at Wimbledon, has not performed since being knocked out within the first spherical of the French Open by Amanda Anisimova.

Eugenie Bouchard has additionally pulled out of Wimbledon, citing the shortage of rating factors.

Bouchard has tumbled down the rankings following shoulder surgical procedure however was allowed to enter Wimbledon below her protected rating.

The 2014 runner-up mentioned in an announcement: “As a lot as I really like Wimbledon, and skipping it makes me unhappy, utilizing a PR [priority ranking] entry at a match with no rating factors would not make sense.

“I have to select properly and use my PR entries at tournaments that can assist me get again to the place I need to be. I’ll now use my two Grand Slam PR entries for the US Open and Australian Open.”

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