World No. 9 Naomi Osaka endured a scare versus Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, rated No. 137 worldwide, winning 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2 to development to the round of 16 of the U.S. Open on Friday.
The three-set suit lasted 2 hrs and also 33 mins due partially to 2 clinical timeouts from Kostyuk, that pressed Osaka to the restriction and also revealed no grace to the two-time Grand Slam champion, that is lugging a hamstring injury.
Naomi Osaka of Japan offers the sphere throughout her Women’s Singles 3rd round suit versus Marta Kostyuk of the Ukraine on Day Five of the 2020 United States Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 4, 2020, in the Queens district of New York City. (Getty/Kyodo)
Osaka put on hefty strapping on the left hamstring she hurt finally week’s Western and also Southern Open while she put on a mask birthing the name of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black guy that was fired dead while out running in Georgia in February.
After shedding the 2nd collection tiebreak to the encouraging 18-year-old, Osaka shed her mood and also flung her noise in aggravation.
“While I was playing, honestly, I was cursing myself out so you wouldn’t want to know what I was saying,” Osaka claimed throughout an on-court meeting.
In the decider, the actual distinction in between both was Kostyuk’s failing to take her several chances to break while acquiring her spontaneous mistake matter — 51 by the end of the suit.
The fourth-seeded Osaka transformed it around in the 3rd collection versus Kostyuk, that was playing in her U.S. Open launching, conserving 5 break factors to obtain to 2-all, after that from there won the last 5 video games to liquidate the triumph at Flushing Meadows.
“I’m very tired right now,” the 2018 U.S. Open champ claimed.
“I just want to go to an ice bath. I’m not sure if this is classified as an emergency but I feel like I’m going to pass out.”
Osaka will certainly play 14th seed Anett Kontaveit following.
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