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Osaka withdraws from Sydney International

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Sydney International after the US Open champion was dumped out of the Brisbane International.

Osaka withdraws from Sydney International

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Sydney International after the US Open champion was dumped out of the Brisbane International.

NAOMI OSAKA of Japan plays a backhand in her women's singles match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore.
NAOMI OSAKA of Japan plays a backhand in her women's singles match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore. Picture:Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Naomi Osaka has turned her Australian Open preparation on its head by pulling out of the Sydney International.

The US Open champion considered her options after "sulking" during her straight-sets loss to world No.27 Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane semi-final on Saturday.


Osaka has never played the Sydney International, where she was expected to headline as she continues her preparation for Melbourne amid expectations of a strong showing after a career year.

On Saturday, however, the Japanese second seed was off her game, showing visible frustration as she was dominated by unseeded Ukranian Tsurenko.

"If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had like the worst attitude today," Osaka said.

"I was sulking a little bit and like there are moments that I tried not to do that.

"But then the ball wouldn't go in and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff."

She was set to join defending champion Angelique Kerber, world No.1 Simona Halep, sixth-ranked Sloane Stephens and Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty on the Sydney draw.

As third seed, Osaka was to meet Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky in the first round.

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