Naomi Osaka talks with Coco Gauff after their match in the third round on day six of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament. Reuters
Defending champion Naomi Osaka consoled a tearful Coco Gauff after a crushing US Open victory on Saturday in a showdown billed as "the future of women's tennis" while Rafael Nadal cruised into the last 16.
World number one Osaka overpowered 15-year-old Gauff 6-3, 6-0 in 65 minutes to keep her title defense on track before sharing a warm embrace with an opponent overwhelmed by the occasion in the New York spotlight.
The emotional clash was followed by tearful on-court interviews, Osaka asking Gauff to join her with the microphone as they met at the net.
"It was kind of instinctive because when I shook her hand, I saw that she was kind of tearing up a little. Then it reminded me how young she was," Osaka said.
"I wanted her to have her head high, not walk off the court sad. I want her to, like, be aware that she's accomplished so much and she's still so young."
Osaka said the match was one of her best since winning the Australian Open title.
"This is the most focused I've been since Australia," Osaka said, telling Gauff: "Sorry for playing you in this mentality."
The primetime third-round clash at Arthur Ashe Stadium pitted 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka against the American, who made a fourth-round Wimbledon run on her Grand Slam debut.
Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, called it "the future of women's tennis", while Novak Djokovic labeled Gauff "a new superstar".
But Gauff, the youngest player through to the third round here since Anna Kournikova in 1996, struggled in her first match under the lights on Ashe.
"She (Osaka) did amazing and I am going to learn a lot from this match," Gauff said. "She's the number one player in the world right now, so I know what I need to do to get to that level."
Osaka next faces Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic, who was handed a walkover when Anett Kontaveit withdrew due to illness.
Naomi Osaka launched her first swimwear collection with Los Angeles based fashion brand, Frankies Bikinis, in Los Angeles, California.
Coco Gauff made 66-year-old former soldier Brian Connor and his fellow Chelsea Pensioners especially happy with a few photographs.
Japan's Naomi Osaka came from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the US Open and clinch her third Grand Slam title.
Eighteen Pakistan players and 15 support staff are due to travel to India. Earlier, the PCB had expressed its disappointment with the ICC over the delays.
UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation announced that its four-strong dressage team has passed the vet check and will go on to compete on Tuesday, in the team competition and individual qualification.
Lock Thibaud Flament studied at Loughborough University in England, full-back Melvyn Jaminet had never played a Top 14 game and winger Gabin Villiere was a second-team scrum-half in the French fifth-tier before bursting onto the international scene.
Batting first India reached 116-7 in their 20 overs with Smriti Mandhana (46) and Jemimah Rodrigues (42) putting on 73 for the second wicket. Sri Lanka's chase started badly when they were reduced to 14-3 in the fifth over by a devastating spell from right-arm seamer Titas Sadhu.