Stan Wawrinka wins first game in more than a year at ATP Rome, Naomi Osaka drops out with injury
Stan Wawrinka (ATP 361) knows what winning is after more than a year. The 37-year-old Swiss qualified for the second round at the ATP tournament in the Italian capital Rome (gravel / 5,415,410 euros) on Monday, after a win in three sets (3-6, 7-5 and 6-2) against American Reilly Opelka (ATP 17).
Wawrinka, a former world number three and three-time grand slam winner (2014 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 US Open), made his comeback at the end of March after being sidelined for a year with a foot injury. The Swiss veteran has fallen to place 361 of the ATP ranking due to all those physical problems in recent years, but can participate in Rome thanks to a protected status.
Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round at both the Marbella challenger and the Monte Carlo masters tournament in recent weeks. On the clay in Rome he was able to take his first victory since February last year. Wawrinka then won the first round of the Australian Open, but was subsequently eliminated in the second round.
Osaka drops out with Achilles tendon injury
Naomi Osaka (WTA 38) has withdrawn from the WTA tournament in Rome. This can be read on the WTA website. The 24-year-old Japanese injured her Achilles tendon last week during the WTA tournament in Madrid, where she lost no chance in the second round against the Spanish Sara Torribes Tormo (6-3 and 6-1). Her place at the tournament in Rome is taken by the Spanish Nuria Parrizas Diaz (WTA 51).
Osaka appears to be insufficiently healed and does not want to take any risks with Roland Garros in prospect. “It is with regret that I have to withdraw from the tournament in Rome. The injury I suffered last week in Madrid has not completely healed,” she explained. “It’s an Achilles tendon injury, so I have to be very careful with Roland Garros ahead,” he added. Roland Garros will take place from May 16 to June 5.
Osaka is 38th in the world ranking and is currently in a lesser period. A month ago, the former number one in the world reached the final of a WTA tournament in Miami for the first time in more than a year. In it she lost to the Polish Iga Swiatek (WTA 1). Previously, Osaka last played for victory at the Australian Open in early 2021.