Naomi Osaka’s heartwarming response after Daria Saville picks up nasty injury

Naomi Osaka helps Daria Saville

Naomi Osaka showed true sportsmanship during her latest tennis match after her opponent, Daria Saville, was forced to retire in the first round of the Japan Open.

There was just one point on the board and seven minutes on the clock when Saville collapsed with a knee injury.

As the Australian waited for treatment, a concerned Osaka rushed over to make sure she was okay.

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A video uploaded to Twitter by a spectator shows the four-time Grand Slam winner make her way over to the sidelines to grab a towel before running to Saville on the other side of the net.

Osaka kneeled down next to the world number 55 and covered her legs with the towel while they waited for the medic to arrive.

You can watch the wholesome moment here.

Video: Naomi Osaka rushes to the side of an injured Daria Saville

Saville was able to get back onto her feet but was unable to continue the match, ending Osaka’s four-match streak without a win.

The former world number one discussed the incident in a post-match interview and admitted she felt “scared” when she realised Saville was injured.

“I thought that she was just yelling because she thought her forehand was out, then I realised that she was yelling because she was in pain.

“Then I got really scared because I felt like as athletes we have a pretty high pain tolerance. It seemed really bad.”

Aug 30, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Danielle Collins (USA) (L) shakes hands with Naomi Osaka (JPN) (R) after their match on two of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Naomi Osaka sends heartwarming message

The two tennis stars embraced at the end of the match and Osaka followed up by sending a touching ‘get well soon’ video message to her opponent.

“I just wanted to wish you the best, I hope you’re doing better,” she said. “I just want to let you know you’re one of the funniest people on the Tour and I still remember all the nice things you said to me at the French [Open] this year so, I want you to know that I’m wishing you the best.

“I hope that it’s not a major injury at all and you’ll bounce back because I know that’s what you’re good at.”

Video: Naomi Osaka sends heartwarming ‘get well soon’ message to Daria Saville

The short-lived match ended in a walkover for Osaka, who will now face Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round of the Japan Open.

“Right now, it still feels a bit weird that I just won a match — I feel like I didn’t win a match.

“I guess that I did and I’m progressing through the tournament. I’m not really thinking too much about the final right now.”

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