Tennis fans react to massive Naomi Osaka news after injury layoff

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Naomi Osaka (pictured) smiles after a tennis point.
Naomi Osaka (pictured) is set to partake in a full hard court campaign ahead of the US Open.(Getty Images)

Tennis fans have reacted with delight after Naomi Osaka appears set to undertake a full hard court season after accepting a wildcard into the Silicon Valley Classic.

Osaka initially had reservations about competing at Wimbledon after the WTA and ATP stripped the tournament of ranking points as the 24-year-old looks to climb back up the rankings.

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However, she ended up withdrawing due to an Achilles injury.

“My Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time", she wrote on Twitter announcing the move.

While Osaka didn't play Wimbledon her rehabilitation in recent weeks seems to have gone well with the four-time grand slam champ entering into the first hard court tournament in San Jose.

She is also expected to take compete at the Canadian Open.

Fans were quick to hail the brilliant news to have a two-time US Open winner back on the court.

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The Silicon Valley Classic will boast a strong field of stars with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, World No.5 Ons Jabeur, American star Coco Gauff and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu all entered.

Incredibly, Osaka made her WTA main card debut at the Silicon Valley Classic.

Osaka was ranked World No.406 when she made her qualification appearance at the age of 16.

She advanced to the main draw where she defeated Aussie Sam Stosur in what would have been a memorable victory in her first match.

Osaka was able to grab a selfie with her idol growing up, Serena Williams, during the event.

Osaka has unfortunately slipped to World No.38 after some mixed form in 2022.

In other big news for the WTA Tour, organisers of the Canadian Open event confirmed Williams' participation on Thursday as the 23-time grand slam champion continues her comeback.

The 40-year-old ended a 12-month absence from the tour when she played at Wimbledon earlier this month, losing in the first round to Harmony Tan.

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