Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot against Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic during their second round Women’s Singles match on Day Four of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, FLUSHING, NY, Mon. Sept. 4, 2017: The last Caribbean roots player who managed to make it to the third round of the 2017 US Open is out.
Nineteen-year-old Naomi Osaka was defeated in the third-round by Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi 6-3 2-6 7-5.
The loss left the Haitian-Japanese wiping away tears.
“I was more emotionally unstable,” Osaka added. It was her fifth third-round exit in seven Grand Slam starts.
Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother. She is an offensive baseliner, able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can also plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well. Her serve is consistent and very strong – up to 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) and can produce weak balls to hit winners off of.