Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence is over after she lost to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Fernandez, 18, capitalised as Osaka started to lose her cool, going on to record a memorable 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory.
Despite Osaka claiming the first set, she was broken when serving for the match in the second and failed to recover after losing the tie-break.
Fernandez’s reward will be a tie against another Grand Slam champion in Angelique Kerber (11/1 to win the US Open) and she is planning to savour the moment after a thrilling performance (Match Betting – Kerber 4/11, Fernandez 2/1).
She told reporters: “From the very beginning, I knew I was able to win. I wasn’t focusing on Naomi; I was just focusing on what I needed to do. The crowd made a huge difference – they helped me get the win.”
Osaka revealed after the match that she would now take another break from tennis.
The Japanese star said: “I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do.
“I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.
“I feel like for me recently; when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal.”
In the men’s side of the draw, there was also another huge shock as third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out at the hands of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz.
Alcaraz led on two occasions before prevailing 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 0-6 7-6 (7-5) as he booked his place in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Earlier in the day, second seed Daniil Medvedev (9/4 to win the US Open) beat Pablo Andujar in straight sets, with the former now set to play Dan Evans after he beat Alexei Popyrin.
World number one Novak Djokovic (4/5 to win the US Open) returns to the court on Saturday, where he will face Kei Nishikori. Gael Monfils tackles Jannik Sinner (Match Betting – Monfils 11/8, Sinner 4/7), while in the women’s draw, Petra Kvitova will do battle with Maria Sakkaria, and Anett Kontaveit faces last year’s Roland Garros hero Iga Swiatek.