September 3, 2017 / 6:55 AM / 10 months ago

Tennis: No relief for Osaka in post-match news conference

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As if her third-round defeat against Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi was not heartbreaking enough, Naomi Osaka suffered more pain during her post-match news conference at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Sep 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on day six of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Japanese rising star lost 6-3 2-6 7-5, an upset that some did not see coming.

A reporter asked her: “Stupid question: why did you win today?”

A baffled Osaka, who beat defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round, told the blunt truth: “I did not win”.

The brief news conference went on but Osaka, who admitted she had been ‘emotionally unstable’, teared up after the third question.

“Oh, this sucks,” she said.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Gene Cherry

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