Osaka, crowd help tearful Coco cope with lopsided loss

Tuesday, 03 Sep, 2019

I think all true athletes have to overcome obstacles, injuries, just tough times.

Play was scheduled to begin on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the other roofed stadium, at noon with top-ranked Naomi Osaka facing No. 13 Belinda Bencic. "She's been so sweet to me so thank you for this", Gauff added, referring to Osaka.

Defending champion Osaka has struggled for form in recent months and she was downed in straight sets this afternoon.

Last year's men's champ, Novak Djokovic, stopped playing in his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday night (Monday NZT) because of a painful left shoulder.

Donna Vekić is off to her best start yet at a Grand Slam. That allowed her to become the first tennis player representing Japan to reach No 1 in the rankings.

In the interview that followed, Osaka told Gauff's parents and the crowd: "You guys raised an awesome player". Bencic beat No.1 seed Naomi Osaka in the 4th round today.

This year, Bencic stopped her in the quarterfinals of a tournament at Madrid and ended Osaka's attempt to defend her Indian Wells title with a straight-sets win in the round of 16.

Osaka will be up against Belinda Bencic in the next round of the US Open.

It was Hingis' mother, and then Hingis herself, who coached and mentored Bencic along the way, and she credited them after getting past Osaka.

"People always think I'm a little bit older than I actually am, because I've been here since 16, 17", Bencic said.

"In my opinion, too much too soon, less is more... hopefully her parents are taking it slow because to me in four or five years, she's going to be world No. 1". During the second set, Gauff was visibly frustrated, and finished the match with 24 unforced errors.

Despite a tearful Gauff wanting to leave the court, Osaka persuaded the teenager to stay out there so they could do the on-court interview together. "I'm not a player who has the most winners and aces - I'm just trying to play chess". "She kind of fights for every point".

Bencic broke for a 6-5 lead with a forehand volley victor followed by a backhand passing victor, then served out that set. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the US on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan.

She dropped her opening service game on a double fault, and while she twice rallied to level, a determined Osaka broke for a third time to snatch the first set.

Shapovalov fell to France's Gael Monfils 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in a marathon match that lasted more than three hours.

Former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, the 19th seed, was also beaten as the Dane lost to 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu.