The dust around the triumph of 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz against Stefanos Tsitsipas has not settled yet, and the US Open got a new sensation. This time in the ladies' competition. The third favorite for the cup, Naomi Osaka, is packing her suitcases from the tournament she won for the first time in 2018, and which she came to this year with the goal of defending the title.
Better than the Japanese was the teenager Leylah Fernandez, who is going to the eighth-finals - 2: 1 (5: 7, 7: 6, 6: 4). The impression is that Osaka had a large number of unforced errors (36 in total), especially those at the end of the second set.
The first two periods of the game were similar to each other, and in the opening match, there was no break until 11 games - then the third tennis player in the world with four tied points on the opponent's service made an overture for a 1-0 lead.
It was similar in the next one. The Canadian allowed her opponent to take away her serve also in the 11th game, but already in the next she managed to fight for a tie-break. And that was the beginning of the end for Osaka.
She made a series of unforced mistakes, which resulted in a combination of nervousness and anger, that is, throwing a racket on the floor. Emotional emptying did not help her close the match, but the Canadian announced a new sensation at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with an easy 7: 2.
The teenager took advantage of Osaka's mess in her head, and already in the first game, she reached the break, which she maintained until the final 6: 4. The impossibility of the Japanese to recover and forget about mistakes is reflected in the fact that she added as many as 12 mistakes to ten winners (one less than her opponent), while Fernandez had twice as many.
The first victory for the 73rd tennis player in the world against one of the TOP 3 players in the world. Had it not been a mere coincidence, she will have the opportunity to show in the eighth-finals Angelique Kerber, who previously eliminated Sloane Stevens.
Osaka about the match
The defeat by Leylah Fernandez in the 3rd round of the US Open completely killed Osaka, who announced that she would retire from the field for a while. "Now I am in a situation where I have to see what I will do and how to proceed.
Honestly, I don't know when I will play the next match. I think I will take a break for a while, "Naomi said. The Japanese tennis player added that she no longer enjoys the court. "And when I win, I don't feel happy.
I feel more relieved. And when I lose, then I am very sad. I don't think that's normal. I usually like challenges, but lately I feel anxious when things don't go the way I imagined, "Osaka admitted.