Osaka plans indefinite break from tennis after shock US Open exit

Japan’s Naomi Osaka competes in opposition to Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova throughout their Tokyo 2020 girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.

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Naomi Osaka’s US Open protection led to tears as she suffered a shocking defeat to Leylah Fernandez, earlier than asserting she plans to take an indefinite break from the game.

The defending champion served for the match within the second set, however she capitulated and allowed the 18-year-old to storm to a powerful 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 on a shocked Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It was a shock ending to her first Grand Slam again after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon because of psychological well being points.

The 23-year-old’s future within the recreation should now be doubtful after she stated she is not going to play once more for a “whereas”.

Holding again tears in her post-match press convention, she stated: “That is very onerous to articulate. Mainly I really feel like I am sort of at this level the place I am making an attempt to determine what I wish to do, and I truthfully do not know when I will play my subsequent tennis match. Sorry.

“I believe I will take a break from enjoying for some time.

“How do I am going round saying this? I really feel like for me lately after I win, I do not really feel comfortable. I really feel extra like a reduction. After which after I lose, I really feel very unhappy. I do not assume that is regular. I did not actually wish to cry.”

Requested what induced the defeat, she added: “I do not assume it was her serve as a result of I have been in a position to return fairly effectively in opposition to folks that served higher. I do not assume it is the event as a result of I have been on this state of affairs earlier than.

“I assume we’re all coping with some stuff, however I do know that I am coping with some stuff.”

It was the most important win of Fernandez, the world No 73’s profession, and one which units up a fourth-round assembly with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

The 18-year-old Canadian stated throughout her on-court interview: “I assume I needed to remain on court docket a bit of bit longer and I needed to place a present on for everybody right here. An hour was simply not sufficient for me on court docket.

“From the start proper earlier than the match, I knew I used to be in a position to win.

“I wasn’t specializing in Naomi, I used to be solely specializing in myself and what I wanted to do.”

Kerber continued her resurgent summer time by seeing off Sloane Stephens 5-7 6-2 6-3.

The German revealed she overcame having to sleep in Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night time as Storm Ida induced her match to be cancelled late on.

She stated: “I imply we acquired cancelled actually late. I believed that we will go straight to the lodge. But it surely was inconceivable due to the storm and the rain and all the pieces.

“We stayed right here till 3:30, 4am. I used to be making an attempt to get a bit of little bit of sleep as a result of I had the match yesterday, identical to a couple of hours later. Yeah, that was my Wednesday night time within the health club.”

Simona Halep battled to victory over Elena Rybakina however final yr’s finalist Victoria Azarenka was overwhelmed by Garbine Muguruza.

Halep’s season has been blighted by accidents, and the Romanian is enjoying with heavy strapping on her proper thigh, however she saved 4 set factors in a exceptional first-set tie-break and completed strongly for a 7-6 (13-11) 4-6 6-3 victory.

Ninth seed Muguruza proved too sturdy for Azarenka, with the Spaniard prevailing 6-4 3-6 6-2 to arrange one other blockbuster conflict in opposition to French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

A day after cheering on husband Gael Monfils to a second-round win, fifth seed Elina Svitolina made it by to spherical 4 with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Daria Kasatkina and in a match that completed after 1am, second seed Aryna Sabalenka beat American Danielle Collins 6-3 6-3.

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