Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-04 03:28:00 –
Frank Franklin II / AP
Saturday, September 4, 2021 | 12:28 am
New York — Naomi Osaka sees her agent and tells the world that the US Open title defense has thrown a racket, restless and ended up with a lead, after which the two personally talked in the corridor of Arthur Ashe Stadium. I said I wanted to tell you-evaporate the defeat in the third round.
His reply: “Of course”
And Osaka sometimes pauses when her voice gets caught in her words and her eyes are full of tears, thinking that on Friday night she will take another break from tennis “for a while”. I said there was.
“Recently, when I won, I wasn’t happy, I felt relieved, and when I lost, I was very sad.” A person who ranks 73rd and has never participated in a Grand Slam tournament. “I don’t think it’s normal”
The moderator, who was in charge of the meeting with the reporter, tried to cut it off, but Osaka said he wanted to continue.
“It’s very difficult to express this clearly,” she said with her left cheek in her hand. “Basically, I feel like I’m trying to think about what I want to do. To be honest, I don’t know when to play the next tennis match.”
Crying, she lowered her black visor over her eyes and apologized, tapping her cheeks with her palms.
“That’s right,” Osaka left, adding, “I think I’m going to stop playing for a while.”
This was the first slum tournament for 23-year-old Osaka, as he withdrew from the French Open and took a mental health break before the second round after announcing that he would not attend the news conference in Paris.
She also competed in Wimbledon before attending the Tokyo Olympics and set fire to the cauldron as one of Japan’s most famous athletes.
Osaka owns four Grand Slam titles, including the 2018 US Open (which defeated Serena Williams in the chaotic final) and a year ago, two at the Australian Open’s hard court. When she took a break after Roland Garros, she revealed that she had endured a wave of anxiety and had dealt with depression for three years before meeting the media.
Last week, Osaka wrote on social media about the importance of self-belief and her thoughts on how to ignore the expectations of others.
The first sign on Friday was when Osaka slammed a racket on the court after dropping a point. After a while, Osaka chucked her equipment, bounced it and slipped it on the net along the way. After that, a full-scale spike occurred near the baseline.
She then compared that behavior to acting “like a little child.”
“I told you to calm down, but I think it had a boiling point,” said Osaka. “As usual, I feel like I like the challenge, but lately I’m very anxious when things go wrong and I think you can feel it.”
Her game was off. The face of her game is gone. Eventually, the crowd turned her back to court and booed her because it took too long between points.
Soon, the third seed Osaka came off the bracket.
There was such an atmosphere on this day. Early in Ash, another new 18-year-old in the area surprisingly eliminated the third seed. Carlos Alcaraz of Spain wins French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5) Became the youngest man in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows since Michael Chang and Pete Sampras in 1989. ..
Osaka entered with 16 consecutive wins in major leagues. Nevertheless, Fernandez declared: “Just before the match, I thought I was able to win.”
For Osaka, time to get away from high-level competition may have been a problem.
Another possible factor she didn’t finish while contributing to the victory over left-handed Fernandez 6-5 in the second set: Osaka hasn’t played since Monday. Olga Danilović, the woman Osaka was supposed to meet in the second round, withdrew due to illness, disrupting the rhythm of her normal lunch break at Slams.
“It definitely felt really weird because I’ve never won a no-vote in a Grand Slam,” Osaka said.
Osaka was pretty good on Friday’s opening set. She scored 12 out of 13 points, including the last 9 points, climbed 6-5 with love, and stopped her love with the help of Ace at 112 mph and 114 mph.
The same conclusion was reached in the second set, leading 6-5, and the serving seems to be proceeding smoothly. However, when Osaka sailed wide in the forehand, Fernandez took the first break in the match, making it 6 oars.
“Finally, I found her serve pattern,” Fernandez said. “I trusted my intestines and hit the ball.”
Then, the descending spiral of Osaka began. She was late 5-0 on a subsequent tiebreaker, missed a shot and showed frustration as she did occasionally in the past — by throwing a racket.
At the time, chairman referee Allison Hughes did not sanction Osaka, but was later warned about hitting the ball on the stand.
“I wasn’t very focused on Naomi,” Fernandez said. “I was focused on myself, my game, what I had to do.”
More importantly, Osaka wasn’t in the best condition. After the second set, she put a white towel on her head, left the coat, and sat in a switching chair in the same way that she blocked the world.
Fernandez had his right fist overhead with a smile after the biggest point, but it certainly had something to do with the result.
She scored 18 out of 19 first serve points in the third set and never faced a breakpoint.
Fernandez’s kneeling quick redirect style at baseline is reminiscent of another left-handed Angelique Kerber who won three Grand Slam championships at the 2016 US Open.
And who is Fernandez’s next opponent?
“We’re going to have a show just like tonight, and we’ll see what happens,” Fernandez said.