NEW YORK (AP) Naomi Osakas achy left knee didnt let her serve without pain, so she didnt practice that key part of her game leading into the U.S. Open. The knee also prevented her from covering the court and preparing for shots the way shed like.
Those werent the only reasons that the No. 1-seeded Osakas 10-match winning streak at the U.S. Open and title defense ended Monday in the fourth round. Belinda Bencics clean, crisp strokes, struck with the ball still on the rise, contributed plenty to the outcome, too.
Osaka joined 2018 mens champion Novak Djokovic on the sideline before the quarterfinals, exiting with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to the 13th-seeded Bencic under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a rainy afternoon. Djokovic stopped playing in his fourth-rounder Sunday night because of a problematic left shoulder.
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