The US Open witnessed surprising exits yesterday in the Round of 16 after the likes of Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka were knocked out of the tournament by their respective opponents.
Djokovic had to retire from his match against Stan Wawrinka after he suffered an injury in a 4-6, 5-7, 1-2 loss to the Swiss top seed. The Serb has since last year been plagued with injuries and only returned to form this year till he won the Wimbledon Grand Slam few months back.
However, with this injury his chances of sitting long on the ranking will suffer a blow considering that Rafael Nadal who defeated Marin Cilic yesterday and Roger Federer are still in progress in the tournament.
In the female event, Naomi Osaka was shocked in defeat to Swiss top seed Belinda Bencic as she fell 5-7, 4-6 last night few hours after she knocked Coco Gauff out of the tournament.
Serena Williams meanwhile, won Muchova of Czech Republic in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and will next face surprise qualifier Wang from China.
Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to progress to the quarter-final while Roger Federer went three sets over Danny Evans of the United Kingdom 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
By Chineze Ogugua