Naomi Osaka pulls out of Italian Open due to right thumb injury

Japan's Naomi Osaka during a press conference. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 17, 2019, 06.50 PM (IST)

Japan's tennis star Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday with a right thumb injury. "I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb," Osaka told reporters. 

She added, "I tried to practise and grip my racket but I couldn't, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions." 

Osaka was due to meet sixth seed Kiki Bertens for a place in the final four in Rome. 

"Right now I'm... in between sad and disappointed because I really wanted to play my match today. For me, it was sort of a test to play against Kiki because she's playing really well and I wanted to see how well I could do today." 

The injury casts doubts over Osaka's participation in this month's French Open, which is scheduled to kick off from May 26.

However, she refused to rule out competing in Roland Garros.

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"Right now I'm... in between sad and disappointed because I really wanted to play my match today. For me, it was sort of a test to play against Kiki because she's playing really well and I wanted to see how well I could do today.

"I didn't feel anything yesterday. That's why I'm kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn't move my thumb. So I was like, maybe I slept on it and maybe it will go away, but it didn't."