Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka upset by Belinda Bencic

Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka upset by Belinda Bencic

Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka upset by Belinda Bencic

But the 21-year-old's quest to win back-to-back titles in NY came to an end Monday when she was ousted by giant killer Belinda Bencic, 7-5, 6-4.

Osaka will slip to No.3 in the world after the US Open and will trail Barty by 1655 points with 45 more points to defend. I think you guys are unbelievable. "And obviously, I know there are similarities, because that's the way Melanie teaches, but it was about making my own strengths and my own game style", Bencic said. "But I think I can really read the opponent's game well", said Bencic, who will face No. 23 Donna Vekic of Croatia in the quarter-finals. "I'm not the player who has the most aces or winners", Bencic said in an on-court interview.

Her defeat came just a day after men's champion Novak Djokovic also bowed out after retiring at two sets down to Stan Wawrinka.

Bencic, who described her point construction and shot selection as "very much on instinct", said adaptation and anticipation had been key.

"They know each other, back to 2013", Ivan told The Post.

Gauff became an overnight sensation in July when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, beating the likes of Venus Williams in the process. "She has a lot of power, me not so much".

Osaka's sportsmanship and empathy was widely lauded, and the 21-year-old, who saw her title defence and reign as world number one ended by Bencic, believes the tournament and the experience she shared with Gauff has had a transformative effect on her.

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Barty is poised to crown her phenomenal season by becoming the first Australian woman to ever top the year-ending tennis rankings.

Naomi Osaka has not always dealt with defeat as well as she did at the US Open on Monday.

Osaka has been carrying a knee injury and called the trainer and a medic on midway through the second set, although she was able to carry on without receiving any treatment. On the next point, Osaka double-faulted and her fate was sealed. Osaka has worn a left-knee sleeve after she had to retire from a match in the last Open tuneup in Cincinnati. At 2-2, 0-30, Osaka perfectly set up a short ball and then swept to the net to finish the point with a backhand drive volley. Her game is not built to overpower opponents, but she redirected Osaka's pace so well that she finished with 29 winners to 12 unforced errors.

The second set went according to serve until the fifth game, when Bencic broke Osaka's serve.

A single break in the decider left Vekic serving for the match at 5-3 and she had to save two break points before a Gorges smash went over the baseline to give her the victory.

She then fought back with a break before Bencic took the decisive break in the 11th game and then served out the set.

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