Naomi Osaka dominates against teenage star Coco Gauff at US Open

When the US Open women's singles draws were made, one of the biggest clashes earmarked to be a potential cracker was the third-round match between defending champion Naomi Osaka and teen prodigy Coco Gauff.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend continued her surprise run after reaching the last 16 for the first time at a Slam. I mean, I knew we were on [Louis Armstrong Stadium], but I couldn't see an empty seat and they were sold out and so supportive.

"This is the most focused I've been since Australia".

Osaka's stardom rose after defeating Serena Williams in last year's Open final.

"I am attempting to perform just a bit more competitive and a tiny bit less than previously". "I think Coco, you're fantastic".

"From the fourth round, I have a challenging opponent and will need to be prepared for this". "I think that helps so much".

The 19-year-old, a victor at Toronto and Indian Wells this season, improved to 30-4 for the year despite missing much of the clay and grass portion with a shoulder injury.

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

Top ranked tennis star Naomi Osaka invited challenger Coco Gauff to join a post-match interview following Osaka's emotional win over the rising star at the U.S. Open.

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"I was in the stadium watching the (Gauff) match and thought it was an unbelievable moment for tennis".

"Thanks for coming out, the energy was insane even though it wasn't really for me!"

"Coco is definitely a new superstar of tennis".

After Gauff finished her interview, she said, "Thank you, Naomi".

Donna Vekic, of Croatia, returns to Julia Goerges, of Germany, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in NY. "I haven't really sat down and done the maths or anything like that", Barty said in NY. "I got a lot of messages and my phone started dialling 911 by itself".

"It's true past year I had some tough matches. I felt confident in the rallies and I felt that if I got the ball in, I'd have a good chance".

As for her powerful serve, Osaka called it "inconsistent", saying she hadn't been working on it coming into the year's last Grand Slam tournament "because I can't really land on my leg that great". "We're going to ride this thing all the way".

The American world number 116, who stunned Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in round three, beat Cirstea 7-5 6-2. Nadal is trying to reach his ninth straight quarterfinal at a major tournament, while the 22nd-seeded Cilic aims to improve to 6-0 in fourth-round matches at the U.S. Open.

In men's action Germany's sixth seed and ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev made it through against Slovenia's Aljaž Bedene, coming from behind to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 7-6.

  • Lawrence Cooper