Belina Bencic -12- (SUI) def  Naomi Osaka -01- (JPN)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.
Belinda Bencic won this one before she ever took the court. Back into the top-12, her slow-and-steady return from 2017’s wrist surgery appears nearly complete. This was Belinda’s 3rd victory over the World #1 this year (Indian Wells and Madrid), and the Swiss is back to lifting trophies. Take a look at her stadium introduction below.
The US Open is a special place for Bencic. 5-years-ago, in her US Open main draw debut, she reached the Quarterfinals as a 17-year-old. That year, she scored her first two top-10 wins, upsetting Angelique Kerber in Round-3 and Jelena Jankovic in the Round of 16.
NEXT:  Donna Vekic -23- (CRO) vs  Belina Bencic -12- (SUI)
Round-4 Biography |  Belina Bencic -12- (SUI)
5-years-ago, in her US Open debut, she earned her first two top-10 victories – and at 17-years-old, made a career-best Grand Slam run to the 2014 Quarterfinals. Injured in 2017, she missed 5-months of the season and dropped outside the top-300 – but she is back in rhythm playing some of the best tennis of her career. In Dubai, she won her 3rd WTA Singles title, reached her 9th career Final in Mallorca and has earned 8 top-10 wins this year alone, including two victories over the World #1. Ranked as high as World #7, she started the season as the World #55 – but comes into this year’s US Open back in the top-12. Making her 5th Grand Slam Round of 16 appearance, from Switzerland – Please welcome Belinda Bencic.
▲ R4: def  Naomi Osaka -01- (JPN) 75 64
▲ R3: -WALKOVER- |  Anett Kontaveit -21- (EST)
▲ R2: def Alize Cornet -64- (FRA) 64 16 62
▲ R1: def Mandy Minella -142- (LUX) 63 62
Round-4 Biography |  Naomi Osaka -01- (JPN)
She…is the defending US Open Champion. Last year – at just 20-years-old, ranked #19 in the World – she stunned the field here New York, defeating 6-time Champion Serena Williams to capture her first Major title. And it was a dominant two-weeks – losing only a single set in her seven match victories that led to the title. But she wasn’t done. After the win, she broke into the top-10, reached the WTA Finals for the first time, then started 2019 by earning her second Major at the Australian Open, and claiming the World #1 ranking. She now owns 3 Singles titles, is 2-for-2 in Grand Slam Finals, and this week marks her 25th as the sport’s top-ranked player. On Saturday night, after he 3rd-Round victory over American hopeful Coco Gauff, she truly demonstrated what sportsmanship and compassion are all about. From Osaka, Japan – Please welcome the defending US Open Champion and #1 Player in the World, Naomi Osaka.
▲ R3: def [WC] Coco Gauff -140- (USA) 63 60
▲ R2: def Magda Linette -53- (POL) 62 64 – Louis Armstrong Stadium
▲ R1: def Anna Blinkova -84- (RUS) 64 67(5) 62
Head to Head
This was the 4th meeting between these two players. Belinda Becic has defeated the World #1 three times this year – at Indian Wells, on clay in Madrid, and here at the US Open.