07/06/2022
Naomi Osaka’s best performance at Wimbledon was to reach the third round in 2017 and 2018

Wimbledon Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn with an Achilles tendon injury.

The 24-year-old said was ‘not sure’ Whether she will play Wimbledon due to lack of ranking points.

The WTA and WTA players took points from Wimbledon after the tournament suspended Russian and Belarusian players due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Osaka’s name appeared on the Wimbledon singles entry list when it was released last week, but she has not appeared in any of the grass court events.

After being eliminated in the first round of the French Open, Osaka said she was “not 100% sure” if she would make an appearance at SW19.

“The intent of this action was good, but the execution is completely wrong,” Osaka said in May of the decision to deny Wimbledon the points.

“I feel like when I play Wimbledon without points it’s like a show. I know it’s not right, right? But my brain feels that way.

“I would just go get some experience on the grass, but at the same time I’m the type to get excited when they see my ranking go up.”

The world number 43 has slipped down the rankings after taking several breaks from the sport over the past year to protect her mental health.

Osaka won the US Open in 2018 and 2020 and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021 but never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.

Former finalist Eugenie Bouchard was also eliminated from the tournament on Saturday for a lack of points.

The Canadian former world number five slipped to 253 in the WTA rankings in January after a long absence after shoulder surgery, but she managed to compete in the main draw for Wimbledon under her protected classification.

Players receive a limited number of protected leaderboard entries to use in tournaments.

“As much as I love Wimbledon and it makes me sad to skip it when using a protected rating [PR] Entering the tournament without a points standings does not make sense,” said the 28-year-old, who lost to Petra Kvitova in the 2014 singles final.

“I have to choose wisely and use my PR entries in tournaments that will help me get back to where I want to be.”

Bouchard said she will use two of the Grand Slam protected classification entries at the US Open and Australian Open.

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