Naomi Osaka has made an unwanted start to her clay-court campaign at the Madrid Open, crashing out in the second round on Sunday at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo.
The former World No.1 was stunned by world No. 35 Sorribes Tormo, who beat the four-time major champion 6-3 6-1 in staggering scenes for the first time.
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Osaka struggled for rhythm throughout the match and was dominated by her Spanish opponent as she looked uncomfortable throughout and appeared to struggle with a leg injury during a disappointing second set display.
Speaking in her post-match press conference, Osaka said she felt pain in her achilles after her first-round victory over Anastasia Potapova.
She said she tried to rest it on her day off but the pain returned during her warm-up.
“Honestly, I have had it before, like maybe two years ago I think after Miami or something,” she said.
“But I can’t imagine that it will be a huge problem unless something significant happens, but I think for right now, just learning how to move forward with everything.”