Naomi Osaka joined Emma Raducanu among previous US Open winners already eliminated from the tournament. The Japanese, double winner of the New York Major, which she won in 2018 and 2020, was dismissed on Tuesday in the first round by the American Danielle Collins (7-6 (5), 6-3), 19th world.
An unprecedented scenario for the former number one in the WTA ranking – now 44th in the world -, never out of the US Open table before the 3rd round since his debut on American cement in 2016. This defeat is also a first against an opponent who had never beaten her before, and who had just returned from a neck injury.
“Honestly, I just wanted to play without hurting my back, because I’ve struggled all season on hard courts since Toronto.said Osaka, also held back by her body recently. Everyone has to deal with injuries. For me it’s been more important this year, but it’s something I can learn from.. »
Collins ‘had nothing to lose’
“I lost to Naomi three times before (including in Miami in April), so before the game i had a lot of information about what i needed to do better, what areas i could improvewelcomed Collins, victorious for the first time in her career on the Arthur-Ashe court. I felt happy playing here. I had nothing to lose. »
Next round, Collins, finalist of the last Australian Openwill face Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucsa (118th in the world) to try to repeat her best result at the US Open, a 3rd round in 2021.