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Bencic delight after she ends Osaka's reign

Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic

By Andy Sims

Top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round after a straight-sets defeat by Belinda Bencic.

Osaka has been carrying a knee injury and called the trainer and a medic on midway through the second set, although she was able to carry on without receiving any treatment.

However, the 21-year-old from Japan was beaten 7-5 6-4 by the Swiss 13th seed.

Her defeat came just a day after men's champion Novak Djokovic also bowed out after retiring at two sets down to Stan Wawrinka.

Osaka was cheered as she trudged off court, a crowd favourite now after the way she consoled American youngster Coco Gauff following their match on Saturday night.

It was a third straight win for Bencic over Osaka this year, and she said: "The challenge cannot be bigger against Naomi, she won this title last year.

"I'm really pleased with my game and how I handled my nerves. I tried taking the serve early and trying to anticipate, because she has a lot of power. I don't hit so many winners. I try to play it a little bit like chess.

"I was in the stadium watching the (Gauff) match and thought it was an unbelievable moment for tennis. What Naomi did is what a true champion would do."

Bencic will play Donna Vekic in the quarter-final after the Croatian came from a set down to beat Julia Goerges of Germany in the last-16.

Goerges had a match point in the second set but ended up losing 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-3.

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