The defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka wants to take a break after a disappointing third-round defeat against Canadian Leylah Fernandez. Osaka showed signs of frustration during and after the match.
Osaka said that she doesn’t know when her next match would be. Also, she wants to take a break from tennis. However, according to sports betting news reports, she didn’t specify how long her break will be.
The four-time major champion led by a set when she broke Fernandez to take a 6-5 lead in the second set. However, Osaka failed to close it out. During the tiebreak, she slammed her tennis racket to the court out of frustration.
Naomi Osaka Wants to Take a Break
Fernandez, 18, would win the tiebreak to drive the last set, and afterward, the world No. 73 tore Osaka to open the third. Not long from that point onward, Osaka hit a ball into the group and was hit with a code infringement for ball misuse. Fernandez dominated the game 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4.
The Canadian, who turns 19 on Monday, will next face No. 16 seed and three-time major winner Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Fernandez – who played a splendid match – offered credit to the group in her on-court meet, as the Canadian had massive help from those in participation. According to pay per head bookie sources, the Canadian teen thanked the fans watching the match. She described them as being loud. Also, they helped Fernandez throughout the second and third sets.
According to sports handicapping experts, it would be Fernandez’s first time on the big stage. However, she told the media that she knew that she could win against the reigning US Open champion from the very start.
On the other hand, Osaka expressed regret for letting her emotions get to her during the match. She tried to stay calm, but it reached a boiling point.