MELBOURNE, Australia – The defending champion of the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka, abandoned her semi-final game at a WTA tournament in Melbourne with an abdominal injury, so her opponent Veronika Kudermetova was able to advance to the final with a walk-through.
“I had a lot of fun playing here in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I have an abdominal injury that I need to rest and prepare for the Australian Open, ”Osaka said in a statement from Tennis Australia.
“Sad to have to withdraw from my match today due to an injury, my body got a shock when I played intensive matches in a row after the break,” Osaka later added on Twitter. “I’m trying to rest and see you soon!”
The Australian Open starts on January 17th.
Kudermetova will face second seeded Simona Halep on Sunday, who defeated Zheng Qinwen 6: 3, 6: 2 in the other semifinals of the Summer Set 1 event.
Previously, the American Amanda Anisimova reached her first final since 2019 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daria Kasatkina in the Summer Set 2 event at the Rod Laver Arena. Anisimova will meet either her American Ann Li or Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus, who will play their semi-finals later on Saturday.
In the semifinals of an ATP tournament in Melbourne Park, Rafael Nadal met the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori and Maxime Cressy met Grigor Dimitrov.
At Adelaide International, the high-ranking Wimbledon winner Ash Barty should play her night semi-final against the former French Open winner Iga Swiatek.
The tournaments in Adelaide and Melbourne are among the six tune-up events taking place this week before the season opening major at Melbourne Park, Australia.