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Naomi Osaka ends four-match losing run in Tokyo

Naomi Osaka ended a four-match losing run in unfortunate fashion in Tokyo when opponent Daria Saville retired injured in only the second game of the match.

Her career has been marred by injuries, including long-term knee and Achilles problems, and she has only recently returned to the top 100.

After a short forehand, Saville yelped in pain and collapsed to the court, clutching her left knee. She could have walked away but chose not to, shaking hands with Osaka after only 11 points.

Osaka has struggled with Achilles and back issues this year, and the former world number one had not won a match since the beginning of August.

“I feel really bad right now because of how it ended,” the Japanese player told the fans at Ariake Coliseum.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to Daria Saville of Australia in her first round match on Day 2 of the Toray Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Coliseum on September 20, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Naomi Osaka; Daria Saville
Saville was in clear pain as she retired from the match (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

I’ve been injured for most of the year so I just want people to clap for her because she’s a amazing player.”

She will take on Brazilian fifth seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Edited by Julian Osamoto