Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka considering leaving tennis again after shocking upset in third round

Canadian 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez provided a stunning upset to Naomi Osaka on Thursday in the 3rd round of the United States Open, and after that Osaka provided some stunning news later. The match offered the 73rd-ranked Fernandez her very first triumph over a top-three gamer and broke the third-ranked Osaka’s winning streak of Grand Slam matches at 16. 

Fernandez’s 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 win at Arthur Ashe Stadium was established by a prompt second-set tiebreaker, making Osaka’s removal the very first amongst the ladies’s draw’s top-10 gamers. After the aggravating loss, throughout which Osaka tossed her racquet, the 23-year-old stated she is thinking about taking another break from tennis.

“Basically, I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match,” Osaka informed press reporters throughout her postmatch interview.

A weeping Osaka then included: “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.” 

Not numerous forecasted Fernandez would remove the protecting United States Open champ. Fernandez, however, definitely did.  

“From the very beginning, right before the match,” Fernandez stated. “I knew I was able to win.”

Osaka has actually now lost in the 3rd round 3 competitions in a row dating to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which marked her go back to tennis following a break she considered her psychological health wellness after taking out of the French Open in early June. She likewise avoided Wimbledon prior to completing in the Olympics.

Osaka’s disappointment bled into her actions on the court, as she tossed her racquet in disappointment. 

The crowd switched on Osaka as the match advanced, even booing her sometimes. Fernandez stated that sound element added to her stunning triumph. 

“It made a huge difference,” stated Fernandez, who’s completing in her 2nd United States Open. “Thanks to New York, the New York fans over here. They helped me get the win.”

The match was strangely comparable to Osaka’s win over Serena Williams in the 2018 United States Open. In that contest, the then-20-year-old Osaka disappointed Williams into smashing her racquet and won her first-ever Grand Slam last. 

Fernandez wasn’t the only 18-year-old to have a special day at the United States Open. Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz ended up being the youngest males’s gamer to get approved for the occasion’s Round of 16 considering that 1999 by beating the third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier Thursday. 

Fernandez will deal with No. 16 Angelique Kerber in the Round of 16 on Sunday. Her technique: the very same one she utilized versus Osaka. 

“I’ll just go out there and have fun and do what I did today,” Fernandez stated.  

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