Naomi Osaka withdraws from Melbourne tournament semifinal due to injury

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Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semifinal lucifer astatine a WTA tourney successful Melbourne with an abdominal injury, allowing her hostile Veronika Kudermetova to beforehand to the last connected a walkover.

"I had a batch of amusive playing present successful Melbourne. Unfortunately I person an abdominal wounded which I request to remainder and hole for the Australian Open," Osaka said successful a connection issued by Tennis Australia.

The Australian Open begins connected Jan. 17.

Earlier, American Amanda Anisimova precocious to her archetypal last since 2019 with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph implicit Daria Kasatkina successful the WTA's Summer Set 2 lawsuit connected Saturday astatine Rod Laver Arena.

Anisimova volition play either chap American Ann Li oregon Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. They play their semifinal aboriginal Saturday.

In different semifinal play astatine the Summer Set 1 event, besides successful Melbourne, Simona Halep took connected Zheng Qinwen, with the victor to look Kudermetova connected Sunday.

In the semifinals of an ATP tourney astatine Melbourne Park, Rafael Nadal faced Finland's Emil Ruusuvuori and Maxime Cressy played Grigor Dimitrov.

At the Adelaide International, top-ranked and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty was scheduled to play her nighttime semifinal against erstwhile French Open victor Iga Swiatek.

The Adelaide and Melbourne tournaments are among six tune-up events being staged successful Australia this week up of the season-opening large astatine Melbourne Park.

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