For American tennis talent Coco Gauff, the US Open is already over after the first round. The Japanese Naomi Osaka, who made a statement with her mouth mask, reached the second round.
The 16-year-old Gauff, who last year on her debut in New York reached the third round, lost in three sets of the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, semifinalist in 2018. The set positions were 3-6, 7-5, 4-6.
It was the first time that Gauff – the number 51 in the world – was eliminated in the first round of a grand lamb tournament. At the Australian Open in January and Wimbledon last year, she came to the fourth round.
“I could have played better today,” saddened the teenager, who hit thirteen double errors in her service rounds. “But I’ve only been playing at the highest level for just over a year, so I have a lot to learn and a long way to go.”
Osaka to second round
Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open two years ago, defeated her compatriot Misaki Doi in the first round in three sets: 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
The 22-year-old Osaka had signed out on Saturday for the finals of the WTA-tournament of Cincinnati, which because of the corona crisis was also played in New York. But in the empty Arthur Ashe stadium, the world’s number 9 didn’t seem to have any more physical problems.
The Japanese have been making their voice heard in the protest against racism and police violence in the US for several weeks now. For that reason she entered the job with a black mouth mask with the name of Breonna Taylor, a black American who was shot dead by a policeman in her apartment in March.
Osaka said to have mouth masks with seven different names. “It’s pretty sad that seven masks aren’t enough for all the names. Hopefully I’ll make it to the finals here so you can see all the masks,” said the Japanese.