Naomi Osaka pulls out of Hong Kong Open with back injury

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2018

Naomi Osaka of Japan walks on the court after being treated by a trainer during her women's semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2018.

Following the match, the Japanese player praised her opponent saying, "It was really hard to play against her here".

Sevastova, who dashed Osaka's hopes of reaching a third straight final, will face either Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Chinese wildcard Wang Qiang on Sunday.

Wozniacki claimed her first China Open title in 2010 when she jumped to top the WTA rankings for the first time.

The Latvian, ranked 20th in the world, knocked off the U.S. Open champ 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 31 minutes. She then relied on this ability to counterpunch from the baseline throughout the match, converting every single one of her break points and getting 84 percent of her returns in play. The eighth seed, who stunned Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam last month in NY, belatedly began finding some range.

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"I also want to thank and apologise to Anastasija for today".

"She's so confident. So you have to stay there.

Having won again... eight is my lucky number and it is eight years ago I won here so I felt like it was my year", world number two Wozniacki said.

"But my back's sort of been bothering me since the beginning of the tournament". In the men's quarter-finals, the Italian Fabio Fognini continued his march towards a fourth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

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