NEW YORK – The top two players in the world are eliminated at Flushing Meadows. After leaving the world No. 1 in men, Novak Djokovic, Sunday night, it was the turn of Naomi Osaka to fall in battle Monday.
The Japanese and reigning US Open champion has defeated Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in two sets of 5-7 and 4-6.
This is the fourth time in history that the top two seeds are eliminated before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, after Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis at Wimbledon in 2001, Roger Federer and Justin Henin at Roland Garros in 2004 and, more recently, Andy Murray and Angélique Kerber at the 2017 Australian Open.
"I feel sad at the moment, but I also feel that I have learned a lot during this tournament. Obviously, I wanted to defend my title, but I feel that I have taken a giant step as a person. I hope to continue to grow and I know that if I continue to work, I will have good results, "said the Japanese after her defeat on Monday, she who was at the heart of one of the most beautiful scenes of these US Open, the one at which she invited the young Coco Gauff to speak to the crowd after their third round match on Saturday.
With the elimination of Osaka, the two highest ranked players still alive are Elina Svitolina (5th) and Serena Williams¬¬ (8th).
Note that Williams is the only player still in the race to have at least one Grand Slam title. She has 23 and the rest, none.