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Naomi Osaka misses Toronto opener with back injury

Osaka has been eliminated in the first or second round in the last three tournaments

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Naomi Osaka of Japan wipes a tear while giving a fan her racket after she retired early from her match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during the National Bank Open, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Sobeys Stadium on August 9, 2022 in Toronto.
Tears while handing rackets to fans after withdrawing from Estonia's Kaia Kanepi at the Hologic WTA Tour's National Bank Open on August 9, 2022 at Sobeiz Stadium. Japan's Naomi Osaka wiping her face (August 9, 2022) in Toronto. Photo by Vaughn Ridley /Getty Images

I left the stadium early. bank open.

The four-time Grand Her Slam Her Champion withdrew from her first round with a back injury. When she withdrew from the contest, she was trailing 7-6 (4), 3-0 against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

"She felt her back from the beginning of the match. I tried to push through it, but I couldn't do it today," Osaka said. "I want to pay tribute to Kaia for playing well and wish her luck for the rest of the tournament." He was eliminated from the last three tournaments in the first or second round, including a straight sets loss to Coco Gauff at the Valley Classic.

Prior to that tournament, she competed at the Miami Open in early April. , where he achieved his best tournament of the year before losing to top-ranked Iga Swiatek.

Her world-ranked No. 31 Kanepi next faces Spain's No. 8 Garbine her Muguruza.

In the other match, No. 10 seed Gauff defeated fellow American Madison Brenglem with her 6-1 6-3 win. China's Zheng Qinwen defeated Canada's Rebecca Marino with her 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4. Italy's Camila Giorgi defeated No. 9-seeded Emma Raducanu of England 7-6 (0), 6-2. Canada's Bianca Andreescu beat Russia's Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (5), 6-4. Belgium's Elise Mertens, Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, Russia's Adjla Tomljanovic, America's Amanda Anisimova and China's Zhang Shuai also advanced.

Osaka suffered from her errors unforced, and in the first set she committed four of her five double faults. She won her first game with the help of Kanepi's three unforced her errors, but her four-time Grand Slam champ went up 2–1 before she won her first game. lost momentum.

Kanepi won four of her next seven games to go 5-3. From there, Osaka had to fight to miss her two set point chances from Kanepi. A powerful backhand and Kanepi's multiple errors combined allowed Osaka to level the score and take her set to the tiebreaker.

With her 3-3 tiebreaker, Kanepi took her 4 of her next 5 points to raise the level of play. Osaka scored her point in the set with a shot over the baseline. Kanepi picked up momentum in the second set, taking advantage of Osaka's bad luck with a sharp forehand to fend off the Japanese star.

After hitting her second ace early in the final game, Kanepi closed out with her strong serve.

Andreescu won the event in her 2019, clinching the US Open title in what was a breakout year for the 22-year-old. She hasn't won a tournament since, and she battled injuries at some point in 2021 and took a "mental break." Her last appearance for Andreescu of the year was at the Bad Homburg Open where she lost to Caroline Garcia.

Andreescu will face Alize Cornet of France in the second round.

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