Naomi Osaka explains why she gave walkover in Melbourne semifinal

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka revealed her body got a shock from playing back-to-back intense so she decided to withdraw from her Melbourne Summer Set 1 semifinal. 

Osaka returned to action this week in Melbourne as she made the semiifnal in her first tournament since the US Open. 

Osaka beat Alize Cornet, Maryna Zanevska and Andrea Petkovic en route to making the Melbourne semifinal. 

In the semifinal, Osaka gave a walkover to Veronika Kudermetova. 

“Sad to withdraw due to injury from my match today, my body got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break I took. Thank you for all the love this past week. I’ll try to rest up and I’ll see you soon!” Osaka tweeted.

Osaka made a positive start 

Before the tournament started, Osaka revealed her goal for 2022 is to have fun on the court and to never again cry in the pressroom. 

Osaka’s first week of the season went pretty well. 

“I only really have one major goal this year, and it’s completely unrelated to results and stuff like that,” Osaka said.

“For me, I just want to feel like every time I step on the court I’m having fun. I can walk off the court knowing that even if I lost, I tried as hard as I could. Also I have a goal in the pressroom, that I’m never going to cry again, so hopefully that works out in my favour.

“I just feel like for me, I’m the type of person that cared a little bit too much about the results and the ranking and stuff like that. And I just need to find a way to enjoy the game again because that’s the reason why I was playing in the first place.

“I’m trying this out. Of course I’m not sure if this is going to work out well. I guess I’ll let you know after this tournament.”