The withdrawal was announced by the official Twitter feed for the hard-court tournament at Indian Wells, which is scheduled for Oct.4-17 after twice being delayed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The BNP Paribas Open, set for October 4-17, is returning to the Southern California desert for the first time since 2019. It was delayed last year and again in March.
Osaka's break from tennis, with a potential title defense coming next year at Australian Open, came on a night where she slammed her racquet several times.
This was Osaka’s first Slam tournament since she pulled out of the French Open before the second round to take a mental health break.
Naomi Osaka hasn't been beaten in a Grand Slam match since losing to Gauff at the 2020 Australian Open.
On Monday, she entered Ashe with her usual first-round Slam jitters, but not because of any sense of pressure to win, Osaka said afterward.
Naomi Osaka said that she was confident with where she was right now and that she would take it one match at a time.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has said that WTA world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will be the favourite to win the US Open.
Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia who is seeded No. 1, and Osaka, a 23-year-old from Japan who is seeded No. 3.
Fans will be allowed back at the tournament — with no requirements to wear masks at matches but they must show proof of having at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Aryna Sabalenka geared up for next week's US Open by climbing to second place in the WTA rankings published, nudging Naomi Osaka down to third.
Osaka lost to an opponent who has struggled with several injuries this season but is now back to health.
Two days after a thoughtful exchange with a local sports columnist, Naomi Osaka delivered a more relevant statement on the court.
Coco Gauff reached the second round of the Western and Southern Open after dispatching veteran Hsieh Su-wei.
Naomi Osaka struggled to hold back tears in her first press conference since pulling out from the French Open over mental health concerns.