"Before the match, I didn't think it was different". 1 Naomi Osaka, but their moving post-match moment made headlines.
Osaka said she was shocked to discover that the scene inside Ashe had won her praise from athletes and celebrities around the world. Everyone else was there to see the show and the hype, but Bencic has already experienced enough hype to last a lifetime. Osaka also shows that she's true to her words of telling Gauff it's OK to cry, as she herself is choked with emotion and tears stream down her face as she continues to address Gauff's parents, adding "The fact that both of us made it, and we're both still working as hard as we can, I think it's incredible, and I think you guys are unbelievable". I think you guys are incredible. It's not like all encompassing euphoric as you think it will be. If she can maintain that clip, she can beat anyone on Tour since her first serve is one of the best in women's tennis.
Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows in 2018, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire.
"She had match point but I kept on fighting", Vekic said. "I really wish him all the best the rest of the tournament. I think that's what she did tonight". As Bencic struggled, she watched as Osaka found her feet and soared to the top of the sport.
"She told me it's better than crying in the shower", Gauff said. "I try to make it like chess..." "Today I was just engaging with the crowd and hopefully it was fun for them and for me".
"I think it helps when the belief is there, when you know you can be top 10".
Like Gauff, she was a precocious teen and stellar junior. I'm very happy for her.
"The challenge can not be bigger against Naomi", Bencic said. "They were cheering for her". Bencic said she likes to emulate the way Hingis used to play, always thinking a move or two - or more - ahead. Bencic leads Osaka 2-1 in the head to head.
But while Stanislas Wawrinka's 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 win over Novak Djokovic stopped when Djokovic retired, Bencic's 7-5, 6-4 win over Osaka stopped when Bencic held serve at love, concluding with a cunning serve down the middle that set up a winning smash. Vekic is playing well in her own right, but she has a history of coming up short in big matches and has had little to no success in grand slam play previously.
Donna Vekic is into the quarters of the US Open, while Ivan Dodig will play in the semi-final!
The Croatian 23rd seed came through 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-3 in two hours, 43 minutes and knew she had the edge after saving the match. She was looking to be youngest player to reach the fourth round at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996. Her tournament is not yet complete, however, as she's teaming up in women's doubles with 17-year-old fellow American Caty McNally, who lost to Serena Williams on Wednesday.