Naomi Osaka pulls out of Hong Kong Open with back injury

Naomi Osaka was hindered by her back which she said was more a case of fatigue than anything more serious

This was Osaka's second tournament since she defeated Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on September 8.

Naomi Osaka admitted she has been "stressed out" by living up to her US Open win after losing in the China Open semi-finals.

"The doctors have advised me that I need to rest to ensure the injury is not further aggravated and become more serious".

Earlier, Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation and Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko had also withdrawn from the tournament due to a schedule change and low back injury, respectively.

The 20-year-old Japanese was broken on her first two service games and had tears in her eyes as the match threatened to slip away in the second set.

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Asked by AFP at her post-match press conference why she appeared happier in defeat than she did after winning on Friday, Osaka said: "I don't have any regrets from today. I needed to really work it, to work hard, win the points".

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 to win the China Open and her third WTA title of the year on Sunday. In the first last week, she got to the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.

The time off allowed her body to mend and she returned to the sport in January 2015.

Sevastova has never won a Premier Mandatory event but needs to win the title to keep her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals alive. "We were thinking, okay, maybe top 100 is a goal, but everything else is a bonus right now". Meanwhile, Argentinas Juan Martin del Potro beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in straight sets to advance to the men's singles semi-finals.

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