Osaka Ousted By Bencic At US Open; Serena Closing In On 24
by Staff | September 2nd, 2019, 11:38 pm

A day after Novak Djokovic fell to a Swiss on Ashe, so too did World No. 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka who was eliminated by No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-4 under the Ashe roof.

Bencic beat Osaka twice before this year at Indian Wells and Madrid, and this afternoon was no different as the Swiss star jumped out early and never let go of the top seed.

“I don’t change anything very specific,” Bencic said. “Obviously I always adapt to my opponent. That’s just how I play. I don’t have the biggest power, don’t have the most winners or most aces. But I think I can really read the opponent’s game well. I definitely try to do that against anyone, not only against her.

“I think just taking the ball early and anticipating her, and I think just my game probably matches up well against hers.”

Osaka, who played so well Saturday night against Coco Gauff, had no answers for Bencic.

“I think she played pretty clean,” Osaka said. “I think she had, like, a specific plan she wanted to execute.

“Right now I have this feeling of sadness, but I also feel like I have learned so much during this tournament. Honestly, of course I wanted to defend this tournament.”

Bencic will now meet first-time Slam quarterfinal Donna Vekic. The 23-year-old Croatian won the biggest match of her Grand Slam career saving a match point to deny Julia Goerges 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3.

Goerges served for the match at 5-4 in the second when she also held a match point. But she tossed in three doubles faults in that game, then melted down in the third set, missing a chance at her second Slam quarterfinal.

“I’m happy to win and I’m happy to win saving match points, happy to be first time in the quarterfinals. I’m just happy right now,” Vekic said.

“I think I definitely had the momentum on my side after second set. I knew she was going to be thinking about her match point,” she added. “But I’m happy that I could break her and then serve it out.”

Vekic had never before beaten Goerges in three tries.

“I think definitely I change a lot mentally this year,” Vekic said. “I improved a lot in believing I could win at any given moment even when I’m match points down.

I think in Toronto against Madison, that was just a whole ‘nother level. I was like one foot in the locker room already.”

Elise Mertens rolled again, winning her fourth straight match with ease this time beating American wildcard Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-1. Mertens has lost serve just twice and hasn’t lost a set to reach her first US Open quarterfinal.

She’ll await the late winner between Taylor Townsend and Bianca Andreescu.

Tomorrow, seeking a 13th US Open semifinal, the big favorite Serena Williams returns to face first-time Slam quarterfinalist Qiang Wang.

Earlier, it will be the hot-handed Elina Svitolina against British star Johanna Konta. Neither have been to a US Open semifinal before.

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10 Comments for Osaka Ousted By Bencic At US Open; Serena Closing In On 24

Wog Boy Says:

“ “I think she had, like, a specific plan she wanted to execute.”
Really Osaka, what a smart conclusion and what was your or your “coach” plan?!

I don’t remember seeing player that had such attitude change in such short time (last 12 months), she became very arrogant person (even body language is very arrogant), her handshakes at the end of the matches are icy and I’ve seen few of them.

After all Sascha Bajin wasn’t that bad coach, in a space of 12 months he brought her from #60 plus in the world to 2 times GS winner and #1 in the world, but her father found her better and more suitable coach, are we allowed to notice that her father is racist, just little bit?

RZ Says:

Taylor Townsend’s run ended here but I hope she’ll have more success in the future. It’s fun to watch someone serve and volley. I thought her match against Andreescu was one of those where the match was more competitive than the score indicated. TT had chances to win a lot more games but Andreescu is a tough customer.

skeezer Says:

Agree RZ. TT was entertaining to watch and a breath of fresh air.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

The women’s side is pretty compelling right now with the runs of Serena and Andreescu. It would be amazing, and pretty good sign of their dominance, if they could recreate the Rogers Cup final that didn’t happen.

PK Says:

Did Townsend just run out of gas in the 3rd set?

She’s a kick to watch, such a different (old-school?) style that’s a change from all the baseline slug-fests.

Django Says:

Yes WB
Seems like Osaka’s father made the correct decision in firing Bajin and hiring a new guy. Glad he and Osaka are happy with her results.

Van Persie Says:


She ran out of gas in the 1st as well. Bianc lost a bit her nerve in the 2nd. That’s all.
TTs game has not much of chance in today’s tennis, as Vinci could not be successful as well, excepting in doubles. Just remember Vinci’s run at UO 2015, impressive.

We heard a bit too much about Coco and TT these days, and Bianca is by far the most impressive atm at least. Good baseline game, also skilled at the net and very strong mentally.

I would love to see her playing finals, but Belinda is skilled and experienced enoughto prevail in the next match.

Van Persie Says:

P.S. I am sure Bianca will enoy many tennis fans with jer childish attitute on court sometimes, but I will keep love her for sure.
+she considers Nole the most funny tennis player on tour, so I like her even more 😉

RZ Says:

@VP – it’s always funny to me how some players who are winning easily still get mad when they mess up a shot. Bianca was up 5-1 or something like that in the first set and got angry that she hit a ball out. It didn’t make a difference to that game or set.

Van Persie Says:


She is a perfectionist and overcompetitive, that’s why she reacts like that, great champions are like that, hope she will not disapoint.

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