Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Osaka, crowd help tearful Coco cope with lopsided loss

Osaka, crowd help tearful Coco cope with lopsided loss

In a blockbuster third-round matchup and in their first career meeting, the world No. 1 and 21-year-old from Japan bested the 15-year old American 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday to advance to the round of 16. "Both of us made it and we're still working hard". "I had to dig really deep". "I said no because I knew I'd cry".

Osaka followed up her major championship breakthrough in NY a year ago - who could forget that chaotic final against Williams? - by adding a second trophy at the Australian Open in January, then becoming the first player representing Japan to ascend to No. 1 in the rankings.

"She's the number one player in the world right now, so I know what I need to do to get to that level".

Two days after upsetting Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, the 23-year-old Townsend stuck to her aggressive game plan and repeatedly rushed the net to set up easy volleys and smashes.

American Kristie Ahn also added to her best performance in a Grand Slam by beating 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 7-5.

"I can't be presumptuous and say that's because of me". "I think it's super exciting tennis".

Later, Osaka explained where her benevolent move of sportspanship. She convinced me, like, multiple times to stay.

'She showed that she can play with her, ' concluded her father. I thought when I came back that I will take it and I will win it.

A packed crowd witnessed the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium, as Gauff's run in her home grand slam was ended in the third round.

"For me, I think this was the most focused I've been since Australia", Osaka said in an on-court interview, with Gauff standing beside her.

Naomi Osaka predicted she will strike up an exciting rivalry with American teen sensation Coco Gauff as part of a changing landscape at the top of women's tennis. Just to be able to, like, get over the hump, it's such an incredible feeling because, like, I mean, after Wimbledon, I was devastated after I lost to (Kiki) Bertens after having a match point. (Turns to Coco) I am sorry for playing you in this mentality. "I don't want people to think that I'm trying to take this moment away from her, because she really deserves it".

"It's going to sound corny as heck, but I just believe in being nice to people".

Osaka moves on to face Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic, as she aims to defend the title she won by beating Serena Williams in the final previous year - a match that was marred by Williams' furious outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos.

Osaka became teary-eyed herself when she saluted Gauff's parents, Corey and Candi.

"I'm here and I'm going to make it count, " Townsend said. "It was a good match", said Nadal, who quit with injury against Juan Martin del Potro during last year's semifinal. "I was like, 'You won the match!'" The US Open's Twitter account said, "We're all crying".

The 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament continues on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 (8/31/19) at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.

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