Osaka withdraws from Pan Pacific, Pliskova loses

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Due to illness, defending champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday before her match.

Osaka issued a statement apologising profusely for being unable to compete today. It's a privilege to be able to compete at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the incredible Japanese fans.

She won the previous Pan Pacific in 2019, and this week, after Daria Saville withdrew due to a knee injury in their first-round match, she moved on to the second round.

She won the previous Pan Pacific in 2019, and she advanced this week after Daria Saville withdrew due to a knee injury.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, Martic will play China’s Zhang Shuai, Samsonova faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, and America’s Claire Liu meets China’s Qinwen Zheng.

Martic kept her nerve as 2018 champion Pliskova lost hers. The former world No. 1 was not at her best, while Martic played steadily throughout, breaking twice in each set, including the final games of each set.

Samsonova out-slugged Wang Xinyu as both players stayed aggressive throughout. Samsonova hit three aces to wrap up the first-set tiebreak.

Contreras Gomez had no answer for Kudermetova’s clinical efficiency as the good parts of her game that saw her defeat 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the first round deserted her.

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