Former champion Naomi Osala has withdrawn from the Australian Open, effective January 16, organizers announced on Sunday.
“Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open. We will miss her at #AO2023 💙,” the Australian Open tweeted from their official handle.
“Dayana Yastremska goes to the main draw.”
Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open. We’ll miss her #AO2023 💙
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 8, 2023
In early 2021, Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final to claim her fourth Grand Slam singles title. Two years have passed since Osaka’s second Australian Open title and she has not won any titles since.
Osaka took a mental break after sitting out the 2021 French Open and later revealed that she had been struggling with depression and anxiety for several years.
The Japanese star has not played since pulling out of the second round in Tokyo last September with stomach pains, and has won just one completed match since May last year.
She crashed in the first round of her previous three events, including the US Open – a tournament in which she also won the title twice.
Venus Williams has previously withdrawn from the Australian Open due to an undisclosed injury she sustained while playing a tournament in Auckland, New Zealand this week.