Last year two of women’s brightest tennis stars met in a match that would show the caring and togetherness of women’s tennis.
Naomi Osaka arrived in New York as defending champion and on a meteoric rise following her time in New York last year. Coco Gauff made the headlines at Wimbledon with her fearless approach and was debuting in her home slam.
This match was the first night session on Arthur Ashe in round three and it delivered and showed what women’s tennis is all about.
Osaka set out her stall early on really punishing the teenager with her ground strokes to take a 3-0 lead.
Gauff did settle and broke back to just a game behind the Japanese number one and did fend off break points to level. In the eigth game the American dropped her serve again and Osaka went onto win the set 6-3.
That immediate break of serve came once again but Osaka did have to save some break points of her own before going up a double break and leading 4-0.
At this point you could see the stress and emotion on the face of Coco Gauff who continued to plug away and produce some excellent ground strokes as she looked to get on the board.
Unfortunately it didn’t happen for Coco and Naomi cruised through a one way second set 6-0 to win 6-3 6-0.
After the match was a lovely moment as before her on court interview the former world number one went to console the teenager and invited her to do the on court interview together and shared some words and support for her.
Coco was visibly upset and the Naomi spoke to her about emotions and better to cry here than in the shower and that she is amazing!
It’s a great moment in tennis, it shows the care of women’s tennis but also opens up to the deeper feelings of players.
Naomi has always been very open and honest about her feelings and it is great to listen and to understand. Coco opened up herself about how she was feeling low even before that Wimbledon run and the pressure that comes with the sport.