World No. 145 Olga Danilovic has revealed that non-COVID-19 related viral illness forced her to withdraw from her US Open second round clash against third-ranked Naomi Osaka.
Danilovic, a former world No. 96, was extremely excited and looking forward to playing against Osaka on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It would have been one of the biggest matches of Danilovic’s career and one she would never forget despite the outcome.
“Hi everyone…I am so sad to have had to withdraw from my match this morning. I have been feeling unwell these past few days dealing with a non-covid related viral ilness. I was really looking forward to playing against Naomi on Arthur Ashe Stadium today, but not to be this time. I just want to say big thank you to medical stuff here in Us Open and everyone for your support and I cannot wait to be back in New York at this amazing tournament next year,” Danilovic said in an Instagram post.
Danilovic gives Osaka a free pass into the third round
Osaka now plays next Leylah Annie Fernandez, who beat Kaia Kanepi.
Just before her first round match at the US Open, Osaka opened up about some of her mental health issues.
“Hi, I’ve been reflecting over this past year. So grateful for the people around me because the support I feel is completely unparalleled,” Osaka said in a note posted on her Twitter account.
“Recenty I’ve been asking myself why do I feel the way I do and I realize one of the reasons is because internally I think I’m never good enough. I’ve never told myself that I’ve done a good job but I do know I constantly tell myself that I suck or I could do better.
“I know in the past some people have called me humble but if I really consider it I think I’m extremely self deprecating. Every time a new opportunity arises my first thought is ‘wow, why me?'”