Bad news from Naomi Osaka that is forced to withdraw from the Internazionali d’Italia because of an injury to her right hand.

This is the second time in the last 3 tournaments that the world no.1 had to withdraw after she had to pull out in Stuttgart because of a problem to her abdominals.

After the demise of Simona Halep, the Japanese was sure that she will retain the world no.1 rank after Rome.

Following this withdrawal, Kiki Bertens has a free pass to the semifinal and this will be really handy for the Dutch that will have the time to recover from the double duty that she and most of the other players had to endure on Thursday.

Kiki will face either Jo Konta or Market Vondrousova for a place in the final.

In the meantime, let’s hope that Naomi will recover for the French Open.


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