Coco Gauff of the United States enters Arthur Ashe Stadium to face Naomi Osaka of Japan in the third round on day six of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Osaka event went on to thank Gauff's parents, Corey and Candi Gauff, for raising such a great player and young woman, both of whom were in attendance at Arthur Ashe stadium in NY on Saturday night.
Townsend upended women's fourth seed Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), the Romanian consigned to another premature exit at Flushing Meadows, having been knocked out in the opening round in 2017 and 2018.
"She did unbelievable, and I'm going to learn a lot from this match", a still-tearful Gauff said, before turning to look at Osaka. After igniting Cocomania when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in July, Gauff was convincingly defeated Saturday, 6-3, 6-0, leaving her and her passionate fans heartbroken.
Her groundstrokes proved more durable and often more searing than those of Gauff, who had wowed these tennis premises by reaching the third round and showing her capacity to handle moments, just as she had in her fourth-round march at Wimbledon.
Andreescu, who won her first career title this year at Indian Wells, said she is being more cautious with her scheduling after her injuries.
Osaka, 21, was holding back tears herself when she then spoke directly to Gauff's box, before apologising for playing so well.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, meanwhile, crashed out early in NY for a third year running, blowing a match point in a tense three-set loss to 116th-ranked Taylor Townsend.
Osaka, who hit 24 winners in the match compared to eight by her opponent, let a few of her misses accumulate during this stretch, and also suffered a bit of bad luck when a key shot went out after striking the top of the net. "I've never defended a Grand Slam before". We're both pretty young.
When play resumed, Gauff broke Babos' serve to end a second consecutive three-set win.
"I'm happy that she kind of convinced me to do it because, I mean, I'm not used to crying in front of everyone".
"For me, this is the most focused I've been since Australia", said Osaka, who's had an up-and-down season since earning that trophy and is wearing a black sleeve on her left knee, which has been problematic lately.
"I think that my return was much better than my serve today", she continued.
"People see the more pumping up side of me, the more fiery side".
After Gauff got through her two questions, Osaka shed some of her own tears talking about watching Gauff and her family training at the same courts as her at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.
"It's true previous year I had some tough matches".
"The thing is anyone that knows my doubles track record knows that I'm down", Osaka said. "I think Coco, you're incredible". That includes her breakthrough in NY a year ago, when she outplayed Williams in a memorably chaotic final that ended with spectators booing and both women in tears after the 23-time major champion got into a lengthy dispute with the chair umpire.
"That would be the biggest - like, I would cry". I'm just going with the flow at this rate. "I don't know. But it doesn't matter, because I'm here now".
John McEnroe thinks a victory over the world number one and defending champion would be too much, too soon for Coco Gauff.
"I haven't played a night match on Ashe since a year ago", said the reigning champion.
Ahn says she isn't really doing anything different than she had before.