Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open after illness

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo due to illness on Thursday (AP) Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Thursday in the aftermath of an illness…

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open after illness

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo due to illness on Thursday (AP)

Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Thursday in the aftermath of an illness that has plagued her during her title pursuit.

The 22-year-old’s withdrawal from the major left the event without a top seed for the first time since 2016, when Jiyai Shin bowed out of the tournament.

Osaka had no symptoms of flu-like symptoms during the Australian Open week, which ended Monday. She then attended the PGA Tour Canada Open on Tuesday and Thursday, saying that she felt much better on Thursday.

“The past week was the easiest and the best the year,” Osaka said.

Japanese television showed pictures of a woman in Osaka’s hospital room in which her face was hidden in a head scarf.

The tournament went ahead without Osaka. It has been the scene of four major upsets in as many years, including Kim Sei-young, who beat Japan’s No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in a playoff for the Women’s major title in 2017.

In February, Wozniacki came back from a 15-month layoff to win a record eighth consecutive Australian Open title.

Japan’s No. 1 Osaka beat Wozniacki for the first time at the Australian Open on hard courts in January 2017. (Getty)

In previous years, the final day of the tournament did not usually contain women’s major champions, either by having the final round postponed or by postponing the final round of a tournament. This year’s final round had an unusual final session that included multiple players.

Japan’s No. 1 Osaka beat Wozniacki for the first time at the Australian Open on hard courts in January 2017.

The PGA Tour had a similar scheduling issue last year when it decided not to wait until the end of the tournament to crown a major champion.

“When you have a major championship in the final round of a major tournament, it would cause a lot of emotions and a lot of emotions are not good,” Osaka said.

“So, it was the best for me with the final round of the U.

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