He will surely be remembered for longer than their careers, which are only just beginning, even if Osaka says he doesn't expect the moment to go viral.
But the 21-year-old's quest to win titles in New York ended on Monday when she was knocked off by giant killer Belinda Bencic, 7-5, 6-4. That way, Bencic, not Osaka, will face Donna Vekic – the Croat saved the point of the match by knocking off Julia Gjorges 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 – in the quarterfinals.
None of the women's tours have beaten more than five or top-10 players this season since the 13th Testament, and she has also won three consecutive victories this year over the Japanese star, who will lose her No. 1. 1 ranking of Ashley Barty.
Osaka entered the US Open under a cloud of contusion after retiring from his previous Cincinnati event with a knee injury two weeks ago.
Was it a factor under the roof of Arthur Asche Stadium? Osaka could be seen taking a tablet when he was visited by a coach at 2-3 in the second set.
"I don't want to say that's the reason I lost, because obviously I played three games before," Osaka said. "Yes, I just had to get a painkiller."
This was the last 24 hours of the US Open. On Sunday, the men's defending champion Novak Djokovic was forced to give up two sets to Stan Vavrinka due to a shoulder injury that the Serb had endured for weeks.
earlier than desired, Osaka said he left New York, where he lived, in a better mood than the French Open in May and Wimbledon in July.
A game of surfaces that she's still used to – and she's still acclimated to her newly introduced star – Osaka lost in the third and first rounds of clay and grass respectively .
"I mean, I went out to you, Wimbledon, boys," Osaka continued to reporters, citing his exit from the press conference early and with tears. "In Roland Garros, I came straight out of the match, so I was rough and just wanted to get out of there.
" I feel like I'm cooler now. … I feel like I've grown up. I don't feel like I've put so much weight into a single game. I feel like definitely the tournament I played here was the best so far. "
Maybe Osaka can take some of the lessons in Melbourne in January, where she will defend that title.
Bencic, 22, has a lot of injuries on her own, so victory over Osaka will surely be
Like Gauf – and Vekic – she was an unwavering teenager, reaching the quarterfinals in New York in 2014 and a year later, Bencic put together a particularly impressive week to win the Cup. of Rogers in Canada, Rejecting the likes of Serina Williams, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Ivan
But then the injuries crept in. There was wrist surgery in 2017, back problems and a recent leg complaint that forced her to retire in Cincinnati.
"I think it was definitely a good time. "Said Bencic, referring to the 2014 tournament." I learned so much. Everyone expected to go up only.
"That's not how tennis goes. I think all real athletes have to overcome obstacles, injuries, just difficult times. I think that made me a stronger person, a better player. "
Bencic, however, also took advantage of some luck this week when third round foe Annette Kontweite gave her a walk due to illness.
Bencic, Hingis 'Relationship
Bencic, treated mainly by his father Ivan, is also largely coached by Melanie Molitor – Martha Hingis' mother – and exhibits a similar craft to Hingis.
fully proven in the fifth game of the second when she beautifully redirected Osaka's poisonous car down the line with a
She took first blood, winning a high-quality first set, in which both players combined for 31 winners and only 19 unexpected errors.
Osaka came back from 0-2 down to a level, but was broken at 5-5.
Osaka's exit proves how difficult it is for anyone other than Williams to retain the Women's Open title, the last player to do so was Kim Cliidster in 2010.
Bencic has always loved New York – the site of his maiden quarter-finals in 2014 – and it certainly won't go down now.
Vekic reaches his first finale of the 2012 tour as a 16-year-old, making his WTA debut in the main draw in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Justify your expectations. But she finished out of the top 100 in both 2015 and 2016 before achieving great achievements over the past two seasons, working with former coach Angelica Kerber – Torben Beltz.
"She was also very good at 16, 17," Bencic said. "Then it was the pressure and some injuries, some difficult times. Now we are both back. It feels very nice. I am very happy for her. But I definitely want to win.
" But I still think it will be great. that one of us will be in the semi-finals. "
In the quarterfinals of his maiden grand slam, Vekic may have an edge over Bencic, since it prevailed when they met at the French Open.