Defending champion Naomi Osaka lost 5-7, 4-6 before seed No. 13 Belinda Bencic in round 4 yesterday 2/9.
In less than 24 hours, the number one seed in men’s and women’s singles was eliminated at the US Open. After Novak Djokovic lost to Stan Wawrinka, Naomi Osaka’s turn was turned into a former champion by Belinda Bencic.
Bencic, before that, won Osaka in both confrontations in 2019. The Swiss tennis player entered the game confidently and soon won the game of Osaka to lead 2-0. Bencic had four more break-points in the opponent’s next game, but couldn’t take advantage of it because Osaka delivered it so well. No. 13 seed then down mentally and lose the game delivered, let the opponent lead back to 3-2.
Osaka, though excited again, could not get any more break-points in the match. Bencic completely outperformed the same competitor born in 1997 in a series of durable balls. While Osaka hit the ball heavily but lacked variety, Bencic cleverly controlled the ball throughout the pitch with high accuracy. The Swiss player won an extra game to win the first set with a score of 7-5.
The game in the second set continued to Bencic. The world’s No. 12 player has three break-points in the fifth game and takes advantage of success at the first opportunity. Osaka was determined to reclaim the opponent’s game but failed. Bencic lost only four points when serving in set two, before winning 7-5, 6-4 eventually.
The third victory over Osaka in 2019 brought Bencic a second to the US Open quarter-finals. She will meet No. 23 Donna Vekic seed in the next round. Osaka is definitely losing the world’s number one position to Ashleigh Barty when the WTA scoreboard is updated next week.
Bencic, the player led by Martina Hingis, was dubbed the tennis player of the big matches by the AP. In 2019, she won seven matches when she met rivals in the top 5 in the world. Bencic’s record against the world’s number one players is four wins and one loss.