In a blockbuster third-round matchup and of their first profession assembly, the world No. 1 and 21-year-old from Japan bested the 15-year outdated American 6-Three, 6-Zero on Saturday to advance to the spherical of 16.
After the match, in a transfer not seen usually in tennis, Osaka embraced Gauff and requested the teenager if she would share her interview along with her on court docket at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Gauff initially mentioned she did not need to do it, as a result of she knew she would cry.
“She inspired me to do it,” Gauff mentioned via tears to ESPN.
Gauff went on to say: “I will be taught rather a lot from this match. She’s been so candy to me, so thanks for this. Thanks.”
After Gauff completed her interview, she mentioned, “Thanks, Naomi. I do not need individuals to assume that I am attempting to take this second away from her, as a result of she actually deserves it.”
Earlier than ESPN may ask Osaka a query, she went as much as Gauff and gave her one other hug, which drew roars from the gang.
Osaka then was requested what it’s wish to mentor somebody like Gauff.
“I do not assume I am a mentor,” Osaka mentioned to ESPN, after which turned to Gauff’s participant field, which included the teenager’s mother and father. Each Osaka and Gauff reside in Florida and have recognized one another for a couple of years.
“You guys raised an incredible participant,” Osaka mentioned via her personal tears.
“I keep in mind I used to see you guys coaching in the identical place as us,” Osaka continued. “For me, like the truth that each of us made it, and we’re each nonetheless working as laborious as we are able to, I believe it is unimaginable. I believe you guys are superb. I believe, Coco, you are superb.”
Gauff grew to become an in a single day sensation in July when she reached the fourth spherical of Wimbledon, beating the likes of Venus Williams within the course of.
Osaka subsequent will face No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who acquired a walkover to the fourth spherical when Anett Kontaveit withdrew forward of their match because of sickness.
Osaka grew to become the primary Japanese participant to win a significant singles title when she defeated her idol, Serena Williams, in final yr’s US Open last, making her a megastar. The Japanese-Haitian, who has twin Japanese and American citizenship, gained her second grand slam crown on the Australian Open in January. She is bidding to turn out to be the primary lady to defend the US Open since Serena Williams gained three in a row from 2012 to 2014.
This was Gauff’s first match towards an opponent ranked within the high 5 in her profession. She was trying to be youngest participant to achieve the fourth spherical on the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.
The youngest participant within the draw, Gauff was making her US Open singles debut as a wild card. Her match isn’t but full, nonetheless, as she’s teaming up in ladies’s doubles with 17-year-old fellow American Caty McNally, who misplaced to Serena Williams on Wednesday.
Gauff and McNally defeated Julia Goerges and Katerina Siniakova within the first spherical and can face the No. 9 seeds, Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke, within the second spherical Sunday. The pair claimed the ladies’s doubles title on the Citi Open in Washington earlier in August. In 2018, Gauff and McNally gained the US Open ladies’ doubles title.