The carnage from a back-logged Thursday schedule continued today in Rome. After injuries/retirements to Grand Slam champions Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza, today Naomi Osaka pulled out because of a right hand issue.
The Japanese, who won two matches yesterday, was scheduled to face Madrid champion Kiki Bertens. The Dutchwoman now gets the walkover into the semifinals.
“I woke up this morning and couldn’t really move my thumb,” Osaka said. “I tried to practice and grip my racquet but I couldn’t, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions.
“Right now I’m really, not mad, but in between sad and disappointed because I really wanted to play my match today. For me, it was sort of a test to play against Kiki because she’s playing really well and I wanted to see how well I could do today. So right now, I’m feeling kind of sad.”
“I didn’t feel anything yesterday. That’s why I’m kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn’t move my thumb. So I was like, maybe I slept on it and maybe it will go away, but it didn’t.”
Osaka now heads into the French Open where she’ll be the top seed at a Slam for the first time in her career. The 21-year-old hasn’t made a final since that big win in Melbourne.
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