Serena Williams is currently in Tokyo for the Japan Open

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo due to illness on Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Osaka returned to Japan on Wednesday night for precautionary tests and tests on the injury and was scheduled to play a practice match on Thursday. ‘I have to be cautious,’ Osaka said. ‘If I don’t make it, I miss the chance to be the No. 1 seeded player in the world and try to become number one in the world rankings,’ she told reporters. ‘Now I have a very heavy schedule ahead of me and very stressful. But I’m looking forward to playing the first round tomorrow and being able to get a feel for the conditions.’ U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber was also forced to withdraw from the tournament. The two-time Grand Slam champion was a big favorite due to having a good serve against Osaka, but was forced to withdraw from the main draw because of a back injury. Osaka has dropped two sets in her last two matches after defeating No.2 seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals in July. Osaka, 31, has struggled with her serve this summer, as she has lost three of four matches this month and has dropped her first set in two of her four matches this summer. ‘I have to be careful,’ Osaka said. ‘I have to be calm,’ she added. ‘I didn’t get it out of the way in the third and the next one, and I had to make the decision.’

Former world number one Serena Williams is currently in Tokyo where she is competing in the Japan Open. Williams, 30, has struggled this year with injuries and is only 21-8 in 2019, but is considered one of tennis’s most important returning players. ‘It was in a tough spot. I’m not happy I did not do it, but I’m here and my teammates and I are happy,’ Williams told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. ‘It’s part of the sport and of life. I’ll be here. It’s

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