Osaka, Azarenka out of Open warm-up events | Ralph Lauren

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Former Australian Open champions Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka have both pulled out of their respective WTA warm-up events.

World No.3 Osaka withdrew from her Gippsland Trophy semi-final against Elise Mertens on Saturday, citing the need to manage a niggling injury ahead of her Open campaign.

“Sorry to Tennis Australia and the fans to have to withdraw today,” Osaka said.

“I have a niggling injury and in light of the AO on the horizon, I need to be cautious.

“I look forward to competing next week.”

Osaka will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round.

As a result, Mertens has a walkover to the final of the Gippsland Trophy.

Shortly after Osaka’s announcement, the WTA tweeted Azarenka had withdrawn from her Grampians Trophy quarter-final clash with Anett Kontaveit with a lower back injury.

Azarenka, who was one of the players forced into a hard 14-day hotel quarantine, is scheduled to face American Jessica Pegula in the first round.

Consequently, Kontaveit progresses to the Grampians Trophy semi-finals.

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