US Open: Naomi Osaka falls to Leylah Fernandez in US Open third round

US Open: Naomi Osaka falls to Leylah Fernandez in US Open third round

Sep 4, 2021, 3:45:59 AM Sport

Naomi Osaka falls to Leylah Fernandez in US Open third round, Naomi Osaka out of US Open

New York – Naomi Osaka out of US Open, Naomi Osaka falls to Leylah Fernandez in US Open third round. The Arthur-Ashe stadium, land of exploits for the hopes of world tennis. A few hours after the sensation Carlos Alcaraz, winner in five rounds of Stefanos Tsitsipas after an exceptional match , it is Leylah Fernandez, also 18, who made a name for herself in “mondovision” on the night from Friday to Saturday, in New York.

Long awaited on the WTA circuit, the Canadian, former winner of Roland-Garros juniors in 2019, signed the greatest success of her career by offering herself the scalp of Naomi Osaka, defending champion and four-time Grand Slam winner. Led and passed to a game of defeat, the left-hander overturned the match to finally win in three sets against the defending champion (5-7, 7-6, 6-4).

Fernandez’s victory did not suffer from any dispute, even taking into account the whole of the meeting. Authoritarian, the Canadian behaved mainly as a patron from the end of the second act and the New York audience appreciated her nerve. Above all, she ended the meeting as if she already had some Grand Slam victories in her pocket. Her last service game at 5-4, in the last act, attested to it: she did not tremble at the most important moment. Symbolically, it was Naomi Oasaka who offered him the victory with yet another direct foul.

Carried by the public, which she went looking for like a grown-up, Fernandez displayed her finest tennis in the last hour of play. If she did not dominate the whole meeting, she always applied her game plan and often looked for the winning shot, on both sides, which considerably hampered a clumsy Osaka in terms of movement. Uncomfortable with Fernandez’s left-handed play, Osaka deployed her Plan A to perfection for two innings, before cornering. His salvation depended on his forehand and he let go as the match progressed.

Published by Micheal Warner

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