In a blockbuster third round game and in their first career match, the world No. 1 and the 21-year-old from Japan beat the 15-year-old American 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday to advance to the round of 16.
After the match, a move not often seen in tennis, Osaka hugged Goff and asked the teenager to share his interview with her on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Goff initially said no "I don't want to do it because she knew she was going to cry.
" She encouraged me to do it, "Goff said through tears at ESPN.
Gough went on to say: "I will learn a lot from this match. She was so nice to me, so thanks for that. Thanks. "
After Goff finished her interview, she said," Thank you, Naomi. I don't want people to think that I'm trying to take that moment away from her because she really deserves it. "
Before ESPN can ask Osaka a question , she went up to Goff and gave her another hug that drew a roar from the crowd.
Then Osaka was asked what it was like to mentor someone like Gauff.
"I don't think I'm a mentor," Osaka told ESPN turned to Gauff's box, which included the teen's parents, and Osaka and Goff live in Florida and know each other
"You guys have grown an incredible player," Osaka said through his own tears.
"I remember seeing you training in the same place as us before," Osaka continued. " the fact that we both did it and we are both still working as hard as I think I think is amazing. I think you are amazing. I think Coco, you are amazing. "
" Better than crying in the shower. "
In her run, she also became the first 15-year-old to reach the last 16 of Wimbledon after Martin Hingis in 1996. Gauff's Wimbledon ended up in the hands of eventual champion Simona Halupe The 23-year-old old American Taylor Townsend.
In his press conference ice matches with reporters on Saturday, Gauf said Osaka "really showed some sportsmanship."
"After the match, I think he just proved he is a true athlete," Goff said, "For me, the definition of athlete is a guy who treats you on the court as your worst enemy, but off the court may be your best friend. I think he did that tonight. "
Goff also said he was glad that is able to relive that moment with Osaka and she shared some of what Osaka told her.
"She told me it was better than crying in the shower," Gauf said. "She persuaded me, repeatedly, to stay. I kept saying, "Finally, I said, OK, I'll do it." Because I didn't know what to do. I am happy that she somehow convinced me to do it because, I mean, I'm not used to crying in front of everyone. "
Then Osaka will meet No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who got the weekend in the fourth round when Annette Kontweit retired before her match due to illness.
Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a major single title when she defeated her idol Serina Williams in last year's US Open final, making her a megastar. The Haitian, who has dual Japanese and US citizenship, won her second crown at the Australian Open in January, and is set to become the first woman to defend the US Open since Serena Williams won three in a row from 2012 to 2014.
This was Gauff's first match against an opponent ranked in the top 5 of her career, and she wanted to be the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the US Open after Anna Kournikova in 1996.
the youngest player in the draw, Gauf made his US Open single as his debut. Her tournament is not over yet as she pairs for women with 17-year-old American Katie McNally, who lost to Serena Williams on Wednesday.
Gough and McNally defeated Julia Görgés and Katerina Sinyakova in the first round and will face No. 9 seed Nicole Melicar and Kveta Peschke in the second round on Sunday. The pair claimed the Citi Open women's doubles title in Washington earlier in August. In 2018, Gauf and McNally won the US Open doubles title.