Canadian 18-year-old Fernandez Leylah delivered a shocking upset Naomi Osaka in the third round of the US Open on Thursday, and later Osaka provided some shocking news. This game allowed the 73rd ranked Fernandez to beat the top three players for the first time and broke the third-ranked Osaka Grand Slam winning streak with 16 games.
Fernandez’s 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 victories at Arthur Ashe Stadium were established by a timely second-set tiebreaker, making Osaka’s elimination into the top 10 women’s draw The first place. After a frustrating defeat, Osaka threw her racket out, and the 23-year-old girl said she was considering taking another break from tennis.
“Basically, I think I am a little bit trying to figure out what I want to do. To be honest, I don’t know when the next tennis match will start,” Osaka said in a press conference after the match.
Weeping Osaka then added: “I think I will take a rest for a while.”
Not many people predict that Fernandez will beat the defending U.S. Open champion. However, Fernandez did.
“From the beginning, just before the game,” Fernandez said. “I know I can win.”
Osaka has now lost three consecutive games in the third round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which marks her return to tennis after a mental health break after she withdrew from the French Open in early June. Before participating in the Olympics, she also skipped Wimbledon.
Osaka’s frustration permeated her behavior on the court as she threw the racket in frustration.
As the game progressed, the crowd turned to Osaka and sometimes even booed her. Fernandez said the noise factor contributed to her shocking victory.
“This made a huge difference,” said Fernandez, who participated in the U.S. Open for the second time. “Thank you New York and the New York fans here. They helped me win the victory.”
This match is very similar to Osaka’s victory over Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open. In that game, 20-year-old Osaka defeated Williams’ racket and won her first ever Grand Slam final.
Fernandez is not the only 18-year-old player who has spent important days at the US Open. Spain’s Carlos Alcalaz defeated third-ranked Stefanos Cisipas earlier on Thursday to become the youngest male player since 1999 and qualify for the round of 16 of the tournament.
Fernandez will face No. 16 Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s Round of 16. Her method: the same method she used to fight Osaka.
“I will go there to have fun and do what I did today,” Fernandez said.