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US Open: Belinda Bencic sends defending champion Osaka packing

US Open: Belinda Bencic sends defending champion Osaka packing”

World number 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland has defeater the number one and top-seeded Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4, on Monday, in the fourth round of the ongoing US Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

Momentum swung firmly in the 22-year-old Bencic's direction in the second set when Osaka double faulted to hand the 13th seed a 3-2 lead and the top-seeded Japanese, who appeared to struggle with a troublesome left knee, was unable to recover.

Osaka went down in straight sets - 7-5, 6-4 - and had only lost one game in her previous three matches this tournament.

Osaka, however, showed impressive maturity after her third-round match by allowing tearful teen Coco Gauff, humbled in defeat, to join her for post-match interviews that left them both in tears.

Bencic got off to a bright start on a rainy day in NY, breaking the world number one under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and her superior serving carried the day as she won 82% of her first serve points. On Sunday, men's defending champion Novak Djokovic was forced to retire down two sets to Stan Wawrinka thanks to a shoulder injury the Serb had been carrying for weeks. "Taking the serve early, trying to anticipate because she has so much power".

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"The challenge can not be bigger playing Naomi", Bencic said.

She improved to 3-0 against Osaka this season and now has a tour-leading nine victories over top-10 opponents in 2019. I think she was even more skilled and smarter on the court and playing more chess.

Bencic has always loved NY - the site of her maiden grand slam quarterfinal in 2014 - and that won't diminish now.

Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows a year ago, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire. "She's a great player and obviously she won U.S. Open past year, so I had to be at the top of my game, so I'm really pleased with how I played and how I managed my nerves at the end".

Osaka followed that up with a second consecutive Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open in January.

Despite the lack of a big serve, Bencic played fluently, finishing with 29 winners to just 12 unforced errors and breaking Osaka three times.



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