Osaka’s beautiful act after Aussie’s brutal injury

Australia’s Daria Saville has torn her left anterior cruciate ligament in a brutal fall at the Pan Pacific Open, leading her opponent Naomi Osaka to rush to her aid.

In just the second game of their round of 32 match, Saville screamed in pain after hitting a forehand, before immediately falling to the ground.

You could hear the 28-year-old say “my knee” as Osaka quickly scooped up some towels and kneeled next to her opponent.

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While Saville tried to play on after a lengthy delay, it was not to be – the pair shaking hands after just 11 points.

“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,” Osaka said afterwards.

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

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Osaka comes to fallen opponent’s aid

Saville posted on social media that she was in disbelief over the seemingly inncounculous incident.

After undergoing scans the next day, she later confirmed she had suffered a second ACL injury.

It’s a brutal piece of luck for Saville, who had recently returned to the WTA’s top 50 after struggling repeatedly with knee and Achilles injuries in recent years.

Saville previously injured her ACL in 2013, undergoing major knee surgery to repair the damaged ligament.

In addition to her post-match comments, Osaka later posted a video message of support for the Australian.

”Hi Daria, it’s Naomi – I just wanted to wish you the best,” she said.

“I hope you’re doing better.

“I just wanted to let you know you’re one of the funniest people on the tour, and I still remember all of the nice things that 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.”

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