Naomi Osaka has determined to play her semi-final on the Western & Southern Open in New York after beforehand saying she would withdraw from the match to protest towards racial injustice.
The 22-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner was initially scheduled to play her semi-final on Thursday however event organisers determined to postpone all of the last-four matches to Friday.
“As you understand, I pulled out of the event yesterday in assist of racial injustice and continued police violence. I used to be (and am) prepared and ready to concede the match to my opponent,” Osaka stated in a press release offered to The Guardian newspaper and later confirmed by the WTA.
“Nonetheless, after my announcement and prolonged session with the WTA and USTA, I’ve agreed at their request to play on Friday. They supplied to postpone all matches till Friday and in my thoughts that brings extra consideration to the motion. I need to thank the WTA and the Event for his or her assist.”
Osaka joined comparable protests by athletes within the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation and Main League Baseball following the police taking pictures of a Black man in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Osaka will play Belgian Elise Mertens within the closing tune-up occasion forward of the Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 U.S. Open.