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WTA roundup: Naomi Osaka (illness) WDs in Tokyo

Aug 30, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi 
Osaka of Japan hits to Danielle Collins of the USA on day two of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning champion Naomi Osaka of Japan withdrew from the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday due to an illness, giving fifth-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil a win by walkover.

“I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today,” Osaka said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This has and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped on court today, but my body won’t let me.”

Haddad will face Veronika Kudermetova in the quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Russian defeated Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez 6-0, 6-1 in just 56 minutes.

Petra Martic of Croatia upended sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 to advance. Russian Liudmila Samsonova advanced with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Xinyu Wang of China.

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Top seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia needed three sets – and two hours, 35 minutes – to defeat Anastasia Gasanova of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in Seoul.

Ostapenko overcame 12 double faults, as well as six aces by Gasanova, to advance to the quarterfinals.

No. 3 seed Magda Linette of Poland rallied to advance with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic of France. That match lasted two hours and 46 minutes.

Ninth-seeded Emma Raducanu of Great Britain defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 7-5, and Switzerland’s Lulu Sun beat Russian Anna Blinkova 6-4, 7-6 (6).

–Field Level Media