Tennis News: After defeating defending champion Naomi Osaka, Leylah Fernandez made it a night to remember; in her press conference, Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, said: “I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.”
Naomi Osaka’s US Open defence ended in tears after a stunning defeat to Leylah Fernandez, and she announced her intention to retire from tennis indefinitely.
On a startled Arthur Ashe Stadium, the defending champion served for the match in the second set, but she capitulated, allowing the 18-year-old to blitz to a 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory.
After retiring from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health difficulties, it was a surprising finish to her first Grand Slam.
After stating that she will not play again for “a while,” the 23-year-future old’s in the game must now be in doubt.
She said in her post-match press conference, holding back tears, ” “It’s difficult to put into words what I’m talking about. Basically, I’m at a crossroads in my life where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I have no idea when my next tennis match will be. Sorry.
“I’m going to take a break from playing for the time being.
During her on-court interview, the 18-year-old Canadian said: “I suppose I wanted to remain on the court for a little longer and put on a show for everyone. On the court, an hour was simply not enough for me.
“I thought I could win from the start, right before the match.
“I wasn’t thinking about Naomi Osaka; all I was thinking about was myself and what I wanted to do.”
Kerber’s resurgent summer continues with a 5-7 6-2 6-3 victory over Sloane Stephens.
The German claimed she conquered the challenge of sleeping in Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night after her match was postponed due to Storm Ida.
“I mean, we got cancelled extremely late,” she explained. I assumed we’d be able to go straight to the hotel. However, due to the storm, rain, and other factors, it was impossible.
“We stayed till 3:30 or 4 a.m. I was attempting to get some rest because I played a match yesterday and another one a few hours later. Yeah, I went to the gym on Wednesday night.”
Last year’s finalist Victoria Azarenka was defeated by Garbine Muguruza, while Simona Halep defeated Elena Rybakina.
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