The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced that Noami Osaka has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome and she has been replaced by Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Dias.
The four-time Grand Slam champion suffered the Achilles injury in her opening match in Madrid earlier this month against Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The 24-year-old went to rest the injury ahead of the French Open.

“Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet, it’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful, especially in advance of Roland Garros” said Osaka in a statement.

Osaka, currently ranked 38th has never reached the final of a clay-court tournament, but will be hoping to take a new curve in the French Open which starts on May 22.

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