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Osaka out of French Open due to hamstring injury

By Dejan Kalinic
Naomi Osaka

Tokyo, September 18: US Open champion Naomi Osaka will miss the French Open due to a hamstring injury.

The Japanese star claimed her third Grand Slam title with a win over Victoria Azarenka in the final in New York on Saturday.

Osaka had her left leg heavily strapped during the tournament and the 22-year-old confirmed she would miss the French Open, with the main draw due to start on September 27.

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"Hey guys, first and foremost thank [sic] so much for all the support over the last three weeks. I couldn't have done it without you!" she posted on Twitter.

"Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore so I wouldn't have enough time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organisers and players all the best."

Osaka's best result at Roland Garros has been reaching the third round three times, including in 2019.

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Story first published: Friday, September 18, 2020, 7:10 [IST]
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