Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Defending champ Osaka loses to Bencic in US Open's 4th round

Defending champ Osaka loses to Bencic in US Open's 4th round

Osaka, who is the current world no. 1 and defending U.S. Open champion, easily beat Gauff in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the next round.

On Saturday night, Gauff arguably faced her biggest challenge as she was up against the No 1 ranked tennis player Naomi Osaka in a third-round matchup at the US Open stage.

Momentum swung firmly in the 22-year-old Bencic's direction in the second set when Osaka double faulted to hand the Swiss a 3-2 lead and the top-seeded Japanese, who appeared to struggle with a troublesome left knee, was unable to recover.

Gauff, in only her sixth Grand Slam match, then fired back-to-back aces to finally get on the board and from there the two exchanged breaks over the next four games before Osaka recovered from 0-30 to serve out the set.

Naomi Osaka justified her world ranking with her 6/3, 6/0 victory over Coco Gauff in a U.S Open third-round match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka cruised in the second game, quickly winning all six games easily to put the 15-year-old star away and advance out of the third round. Gauff praised Osaka for being embodying the ideal balance between competitive and amicable that makes the game enjoyable: "After the match, I think she just proved that she's a true athlete", Gauff said.

Osaka approached her teenage opponent and invited her to do the post-game interview with her, a gesture Gauff initially rejected over fears she would "cry the whole way through".

Bencic said she tried to take Osaka's serves early and try to anticipate Osaka's powerful shots.

"You have to figure out how to win those matches. It was a good match", said Nadal, who quit with injury against Juan Martin del Potro during last year's semifinal.

"For me, I just thought about what I wanted her to feel leaving the court". I mean, I knew we were on [Louis Armstrong Stadium], but I couldn't see an empty seat and they were sold out and so supportive.

She served at up to 119 miles per hour but also double-faulted seven times.

The No. 2 seed faces No. 22 Marin Cilic in a matchup of past champions, with the victor getting a spot in the quarterfinals.

Wildcard Kristie Ahn was also victorious for the United States after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Latvia's former French Open victor Jeļena Ostapenko.

That leaves the Japan's reigning Australian Open champion with less than no hope of ending the season as No.1 for a second straight year.

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

Osaka returned to the top eight weeks later but Barty will become number one again, despite losing in the last 16 to China's Qiang Wang on Sunday.

"I'm here and I'm going to make it count", Townsend said.

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