Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka both lose in US Open first round, leaving them on seven and nine respectively
The men’s US Open has always been won by the player who isn’t afraid to play aggressive, and it now looks like 2018 is going to be no different.
After their first-round victories against Kei Nishikori and Roberto Bautista Agut, the top two seeds, Naomi Osaka and Alexa Glatch, both lost to Americans Kyle Edmund and Jack Sock in the quarter-finals on Friday, with Osaka also dropping to No. 7.
But as the tournament reaches a conclusion in the first week of September, and the US Open Women’s draw will be revealed in a few days, this has made it an early test for the men’s side of the draw and whether they can handle the pressure of the second week as well as their women’s counterparts.
Edmund’s early exit means that Osaka will now have to find another tournament to play or she will face a lengthy spell of rest and will have to look for a second round exit.
“The first match was a tough one,” Osaka, who lost a tough first-round match against Kiki Bertens three years ago, said. “I am really happy because I won first round in US Open last year. It is also special for me, I hope to be here again. It is a really really good feeling.”
Edmund’s early exit means that Osaka will now have to find another tournament to play or she will face a lengthy spell of rest and will have to look for a second round exit
“I was really disappointed,” said Edmund, who is also a veteran of the tournament, having won in 2013 and 2012. “I came here as the underdog, playing in front of one of the best courts we have had in a long time. It is really disappointing for me.
“I think I learned a lot from that