NEW YORK – Coco Gauff's U.S. Open came to an abrupt end under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday but the 15-year-old said she would leave New York a better player after falling to world number one Naomi Osaka.
Backed by lively support from the packed home crowd, the young American was clearly overmatched against the defending champion, who needed just over an hour to book her ticket to the fourth round.
Osaka, 21, showed impressive sportsmanship by giving Gauff the opportunity to thank her fans in the post-match interview on the showcase court.
"It was amazing. I'm going to learn a lot from this match," a tearful Gauff said after the 6-3 6-0 defeat.
"She's the number one player in the world right now, so I know what I need to do to get to that level.