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Naomi Osaka plans to take indefinite break from tennis after shock U.S. Open exit

Japan’s Naomi Osaka competes towards 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 resulted in tears as she suffered a surprising 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 formidable 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-Four on a surprised Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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

The 23-year-old’s future within the recreation should now be unsure after she stated she won’t play once more for a “whereas”.

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

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

“How do I’m going round saying this? I really feel like for me just lately once I win, I do not really feel blissful. I really feel extra like a aid. After which once I lose, I really feel very unhappy. I do not assume that is regular. I did not actually wish to cry.”

Requested what triggered 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 towards those that served higher. I do not assume it is the event as a result of I have been on this scenario earlier than.

“I suppose 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 suppose I needed to remain on court docket a little bit 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 evening as Storm Ida triggered her match to be cancelled late on.

She stated: “I imply we obtained 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 every thing.

“We stayed right here till 3:30, 4am. I used to be attempting to get a little bit 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 evening within the health club.”

Simona Halep battled to victory over Elena Rybakina however final yr’s finalist Victoria Azarenka was crushed 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 outstanding first-set tie-break and completed strongly for a 7-6 (13-11) 4-6 6-Three victory.

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

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

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