Naomi Osaka withdraws from Western and Southern Open semi-final


Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open semifinals following North American sporting events for Black Lives Matter.Osaka, 22, took to Twitter on Wednesday night: “I don’t expect anything dramatic to happen if I don’t play. She wrote: “But if I can strike up a conversation in a predominantly white sport, I consider a step in the right direction. ”

“Watching the black genocide at the hands of the police honestly makes my stomach ache. ”

Osaka of Japan was due to face Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Thursday morning.

“I’m exhausted from having a new hashtag every few days and I’m extremely tired of having the same conversation over and over again. ”

She ended her statement with: “When will it ever be enough?” #JacobBlake, #BreonnaTaylor, #ElijahMcclain, #GeorgeFloyd


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