On a wet night time in New York, Osaka was overwhelmed by American Danielle Collins in straight units — 7-6(5) 6-3 — whereas defending champion Emma Raducanu fell to Alizé Cornet.
Raducanu, 19, surprised the world by profitable her first grand slam at Flushing Meadows final yr, however she’s struggled to search out related type ever since.
The expertise and depth of the skilled Cornet proved an excessive amount of for her as she was defeated in straight units — 6-3 6-3.
“This one obviously hurts a bit because it’s my favorite tournament and there are a lot of emotions in the past year,” she instructed reporters after the defeat.
“I’m proud for putting myself out there every match, every day, knowing I’m pushing myself to be the best I can.”
Raducanu will fall down the rankings after a irritating yr which has been stricken by accidents and adjustments in her teaching workers.
The teenager has struggled to return to phrases with life on the total WTA Tour however did present flashes of high quality that secured her maiden grand slam title simply 12 months in the past.
Cornet was merely in higher type and is now no stranger to massive outcomes on the slams, having beforehand overwhelmed the likes of Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon.
The Frenchwoman now holds the Open-era file for essentially the most consecutive grand slam appearances, having appeared within the earlier 63.
“I think I’m handling my emotions better,” Cornet instructed reporters after the match. “I guess I’m getting old — more mature. It shows in my results. I’m 32 — better late than never.”
‘She undoubtedly whooped me the final time’
Osaka suffered an identical expertise as Raducanu however this time by the hands of the proficient Collins.
The world No. 19 had by no means even received a set towards Osaka in all of their earlier three conferences however powered previous the four-time grand slam champion this time.
“When you lose to someone three times, you get a lot of information on what you can do better,” Collins instructed reporters.
“With Naomi being the player that she is, she definitely whooped me the last time. I just had to learn from that and make adjustments and I think I did that.”
Osaka, a two-time US Open champion, was unseeded on this yr’s occasion and is at present ranked forty fourth on the earth.
Scuffling with momentum and type, she was in all probability an underdog coming into the primary spherical however gave a powerful efficiency regardless of the defeat.
Collins will now play Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucșa within the subsequent spherical whereas Cornet faces Katerina Siniaková.