Former No.1 Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia due to a left ankle injury. Osaka announced her withdrawal on Monday afternoon.
"Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet," Osaka said in a statement. "It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful especially in advance of Roland Garros.
"I love this city and always enjoy playing in front of the Italian fans so I will be sorry to miss them – but look forward to coming back next year."
Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and you just gotta find joy in the unknown.— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 8, 2022
Nuria Parrizas Diaz will take Osaka's spot in the draw as a lucky loser and will face Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Osaka sustained her Achilles injury after her opening-round victory at the Mutua Madrid Open last week. She struggled to play with the injury in her 6-3, 6-1 loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round.
Denmark's Clara Tauson also withdrew from the tournament citing a low back injury. She will be replaced by Madison Brengle as a lucky loser.
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