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After watching her opponent Daria Saville collapse with a knee injury barely seven minutes into their Pan Pacific Open match on Tuesday in Tokyo, Naomi Osaka said she felt “very worried.”

After injuring her left knee while hitting a cross-court forehand in the second game of the match, Australian Saville retired from their first-round contest and did not continue the competition.

The number 55 player in the world screamed “my knee” before collapsing to the ground in excruciating pain, and Osaka immediately ran over to the opposite side of the court to check on her opponent.

Saville, who was 28 years old at the time, withdrew from the match after receiving treatment for a few minutes, and Osaka, who has had her own share of injury problems this year, said she felt “very sad” for her opponent.

“At first, I thought that she was just yelling because she thought that her forehand was out, but then I realized that she was yelling because she was in pain,” said the former world number one, who is hoping to break out of a slump in form this week in Tokyo. The former world number one is competing in Tokyo.

“When it happened, I got really concerned since I had the impression that sportsmen have a fairly high threshold for pain. It seemed to be in a really poor state.

Saville did ultimately get up from her chair and walk up to it, but she sat down again only after putting her knee through a series of footwork exercises.

Osaka expressed her optimism that Saville would pull through this challenge and referred to her as “a fighter.”

After keeping her service in the opening game, Osaka will face Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the second round on Thursday. Osaka was facing a break point at 30-40 in the second game when she held her serve in the first game.

Osaka, who has been eliminated in the first round of her previous three tournaments, said, “Right now, it still feels a bit surreal that I just won a match – I feel like I didn’t win a match.”

“I suppose that I did, and now I’m moving on to the next round of the tournament. At this point, I’m not really giving the final very much of my mental energy.”

Naomi Osaka and Daria Saville

Daria Saville of Australia receives assistance by Naomi Osaka of Japan (R) after she sustained an injury while competing in the women’s singles event of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on September 20, 2022. The event took place on September 20. (Naomi Osaka of Japan (R) offers assistance to Daria Saville of Australia after the latter sustained an injury while competing in the women’s singles event of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on September 20, 2022. The event took place on day two of the tournament. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

After watching her opponent Daria Saville collapse with a knee injury barely seven minutes into their Pan Pacific Open match on Tuesday in Tokyo, Naomi Osaka said she felt “very worried.”

After injuring her left knee while hitting a cross-court forehand in the second game of the match, Australian Saville retired from their first-round contest and did not continue the competition.

The number 55 player in the world screamed “my knee” before collapsing to the ground in excruciating pain, and Osaka immediately ran over to the opposite side of the court to check on her opponent.

Saville, who was 28 years old at the time, withdrew from the match after receiving treatment for a few minutes, and Osaka, who has had her own share of injury problems this year, said she felt “very sad” for her opponent.

“At first, I thought that she was just yelling because she thought that her forehand was out, but then I realized that she was yelling because she was in pain,” said the former world number one, who is hoping to break out of a slump in form this week in Tokyo. The former world number one is competing in Tokyo.

“When it happened, I got really concerned since I had the impression that sportsmen have a fairly high threshold for pain. It seemed to be in a really poor state.

Saville did ultimately get up from her chair and walk up to it, but she sat down again only after putting her knee through a series of footwork exercises.

At the Pan Pacific Open tennis event held in Tokyo on September 20, 2022, staff members assist Daria Saville of Australia after she sustains an injury while competing in the women’s singles match against Naomi Osaka of Japan. The match was the second day of the tournament.
At the Pan Pacific Open tennis event held in Tokyo on September 20, 2022, staff members assist Daria Saville of Australia after she sustains an injury while competing in the women’s singles match against Naomi Osaka of Japan. The match was the second day of the tournament. (Photo taken by Philip FONG and published by AFP)

Osaka expressed her optimism that Saville would pull through this challenge and referred to her as “a fighter.”

After keeping her service in the opening game, Osaka will face Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the second round on Thursday. Osaka was facing a break point at 30-40 in the second game when she held her serve in the first game.

Osaka, who has been eliminated in the first round of her previous three tournaments, said, “Right now, it still feels a bit surreal that I just won a match – I feel like I didn’t win a match.”

“I suppose that I did, and now I’m moving on to the next round of the tournament. At this point, I’m not really giving the final very much of my mental energy.”

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Osaka is the reigning winner of the Pan Pacific Open, despite the fact that the tournament is being held for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

American qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez defeated defending champion Sofia Kenin of the United States 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 earlier in the day in the first round of the Australian Open. Kenin will defend her title in 2020.

In 2020, Kenin also made it to the final of the French Open, but since then, she has struggled with injuries and has fallen all the way down to position 315 in the world rankings.

Karolina Pliskova, the number six seed, defeated Isabella Shinikova, a qualifier from Bulgaria, 6-2, 6-1. Pliskova has reached the finals of two Grand Slam tournaments.

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