Osaka crossed into the fourth round with an all-out win over her adolescent opponent
On an emotional Saturday evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Naomi Osaka proved that she would not give up her US Open title readily. The world leader outperformed Coco Gauff 6-3 6-0 to achieve the fourth round in just 65 minutes.
“It has pleased me just throughout this game. I believe I’ve maintained a very elevated amount of concentrate,” Osaka said afterwards. “I truly believe I’ve been so concentrated since the Australian Open Finals, and I’ve been battling so hard for every moment.”
Across the premises of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Saturday evening, even as Rafael Nadal played and US men’s number one John Isner dropped, expecting the duel between Gauff and Osaka dominated the discussion. Last year, Osaka won Serena Williams in the final of the US Open as the fresh icon of the sport. At Wimbledon this year, Gauff became one of the most talked-about cyclists in the globe after her delirious ride to the fourth round. It was always supposed to be a time, as the two fresh stars were facing each other on the largest point.
“I’m just curious to see how my play is going against her,” Gauff said, just before the match. She wasn’t the only one. The teenager outplayed Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon, and then survived two three-seater slugfests to achieve the final round of the US Open, but had never encountered the world number one.
How the game went
The greatest issue in the game was Gauff’s lengthy, loopy forehand, which falls short under stress. Osaka instantly looked for responses, targeting the weak wing of the U.S. with her service and in the bruising of early meetings. By the first two matches, Osaka had five victories on Gauff’s zero. As Gauff’s forehand was immediately susceptible, Osaka struck cleanly and went forward 3-0.
“I saw that she was the breaking up a little,” Osaka said. “Then it reminded me of how young she was. I was just thinking, like, that it would be good for her to tackle the individuals who witnessed her perform. They were shouting for it. Yeah, I mean, it was just something for me that was, I don’t understand, instinctively, I suppose.”
Source: The Guardian