It was not good to face the hopes of 18, this Friday in the 3rd round of the US Open. Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets, while Canada’s Leylah Fernandez dominated Naomi Osaka in three sets. At a press conference, after his defeat (5-7, 7-6 , 6-4), the Japanese defending champion broke down in front of the media gathered in the press room of the Arthur-Ashe court.
In tears, Osaka (23), who experiences recurring anxiety issues, said he wanted to “take a break for a while” in his career. A few minutes later, Fernandez wanted to congratulate his victim of the day.
The praises of Fernandez
“She is a great player. She’s done so many great things on the track. Seeing her and learning from her game helped shape the player I am today. She is a great example to everyone on the circuit and to all the little girls around the world. “
Fernandez (73rd in the world) turned the situation around in a match where she was on the verge of defeat, led 7-5, 6-5, serve to follow for Osaka. The Canadian, daughter of an Ecuadorian father and a Filipino-Canadian mother, will try to continue in the round of 16 against the German Angelique Kerber (17th in the WTA standings).