Naomi Osaka ended a four-match losing streak unfortunately in Tokyo when rival Daria Saville retired due to injury in just the second game of the match.
The Australian tennis player’s career was marred by injuries, including long-term Achilles and knee problems, and it was not until this year that she returned to the top 100.
Saville screamed in pain after playing a short forehand and fell to the court in pain clutching his left knee. She was able to go through but didn’t risk going through, shaking hands with Osaka after just 11 points.
Osaka has had injury problems this year with Achilles and back problems and the former world number one hasn’t won a game since early August.
“I feel really bad right now because of how it ended,” the Japan international told fans at the Ariake Coliseum.
“I’ve been injured almost all year so I just want everyone to clap for her because she’s a really great player.”
She will face Brazilian fifth seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.
Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin continued to struggle with a 7-6 (7) 6-4 defeat to Fernanda Contreras Gomez of Mexico.
Emma Raducanu kicked off her Korean expansion campaign in Seoul on Wednesday ahead of Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima.
Murray hopes for one last chance to play against Federer
Andy Murray is hoping he will get one last chance to face Roger Federer at next week’s Laver Cup.
Federer will make the final appearance of his professional career at the Ryder Cup-style event he invented, the tournament between Europe and the Rest of the World, at the O2 Arena in London.
Murray, who is six years younger than the Swiss, played with him 25 times, during their first meeting in 2005.
Their most famous match was in 2012, when Murray lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final before beating him for Olympic gold on Center Court a few weeks later, while they also played the final in Australia. and the US Open.
Murray said: “Obviously he’s a great player. I’m so lucky to have played with him in some of the biggest games, in the biggest tournaments, on the biggest stages in the sport. our sport.
“I don’t know how much he’ll be able to play. I haven’t talked to him about it yet. Maybe I have a chance to share a court with him in doubles or something like that. That would be really special.”