Naomi Osaka’s US Open Defense Ended in tears as she suffered a stunning defeat to Leylah Fernandez, before announcing that she plans to stop indefinitely met sports.
The defending champion served for the match in the second set, but she capitulated and left the 18-year-old to storm to an impressive 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 on a stunned Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It was a surprise ending for her first Grand Slam back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues.
the 23-year-old future in the game must be now in doubt after she said she won’t play again for a while”.
To hold back tears in her post-match press conference, she said: “This is bad hard to articulate. Actually I feel like I am nice of at this point I’m trying to figure out out what I want to do, and frankly I don’t know when i go play mine next tennis match. Sorry.
“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.
“How can I say this? I feel like for me recently when i win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. not really me want to cry.”
asked what? caused the defeat, she added: “I don’t think it was her service, want I was able to return quite well against people that served better. I don’t think it’s the opportunity want I have been in this situation before.
“I think we’re all dealing” with some things but me know what i’m doing with some stuff.”
It was the biggest win of Fernandez, de world No 73’s career, and one that states up a quarter-round meeting with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
the 18-year-old Canadian said during her on-court interview: “I think I wanted to stay on judge a little longer and I wanted put one show on for everyone here. an hour was just not enough for me on court of law.
“From the begin just before the match, I knew I could do it win.
“I wasn’t focusing on Naomi, I was just focusing on myself and what I had to do.”
Kerber continued her reviving summer by seeing off Sloane Stephens 5-7 6-2 6-3.
The German revealed that she overcame sleeping in flowering meadows on Wednesday night as Storm Ida caused her match be canceled too late on.
She said, “I mean, we canceled very late. I thought we could go straight to the hotel. But it was impossible because of the storm and the rain and everything.
“We stayed here until 3:30, 4am. I tried to get a little of to sleep want I had the match yesterday, just like a few hours later on. Yes, that was my Wednesday night in the gym.”
Simona Halep fought her way to victory over Elena Rybakina but last yearFinalist Victoria Azarenka was defeated by Garbine Muguruza.
Halep’s season is plagued by injuries and the Romanian is playing with heavy strapping on her right thigh, but she saved four set points in a remarkable one first-set tie-break and finished strong for a 7-6 (13-11) 4-6 6-3 win.
Ninth seed Muguruza turned out to be too strong for Azarenka, with the Spaniard dominating 6-4 3-6 6-2 to set up another blockbuster clash against French Open Champion Barbora Krejcikova.
A day after cheering on husband Gael Monfils to a second-round win, fifth seed Elina Svitolina made it through to round four with a 6-4 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina and in An match that ended after 1 hour, second seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated American Danielle Collins met 6-3 6-3.
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