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Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka on Saturday allayed fears about an abdominal injury that forced the Japanese former world No. 1 to withdraw from a tune-up event last week.

Playing her first tournament in four months, the 24-year-old won three matches in the WTA 250 event but then withdrew ahead of her semifinal, raising doubts about her preparations for her title defense at Melbourne Park.

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