Defending champion Naomi Osaka was eliminated on Monday in the eighth finals of the US Open. She was no match for the Swiss Belinda Bencic. Matteo Berrettini has a scoop among men.
Osaka, who suffered from her knee and had medical treatment during the second set, had to bend in two sets in New York. It became 7-5 and 6-4 for Bencic.
The 21-year-old Osaka won the US Open last year by winning in a much-discussed final against Serena Williams, who attracted attention by going completely crazy against umpire Carlos Ramos.
Earlier this year, Osaka won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The number one in the world stranded early on Roland Garros and Wimbledon and already had a knee injury in the run-up to the US Open.
Bencic, who is a year older than Osaka and occupies twelve in the WTA ranking spot, once reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. That was at the US Open of 2014. She meets Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals, who won against Julia Görges in three sets: 6-7 (5), 7-5 and 6-3.
Due to the loss of Osaka, there are two top ten players left. Earlier Williams, Elina Svitolina, Johanna Konta and Qiang Wang reached the final eight. Taylor Townsend-Bianca Andreescu and Kristie Ahn-Elise Mertens are the eighth finals to be played.
Discharge at Belinda Bencic after her victory over Naomi Osaka. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Berrettini for the first quarter finalist
The 23-year-old Berrettini defeated the Russian Andrey Rublev in the eighth finals 6-1, 6-4 and 7-6 (6) and is for the first time in his career in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
The number 25 in the world came to the fourth round earlier this year at Wimbledon. Last year his first US Open participation after one party was over.
With Alexander Zverev-Diego Schwartzman, Marin Cilic-Rafael Nadal and Gaël Monfils-Pablo Andújar, three more games are scheduled in the eighth finals on Flushing Meadows.
Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov are already sure of a place in the last eight.
Matteo Berrettini cannot believe that he is in the quarter finals of the US Open. (Photo: Pro Shots)