There were many upsets in this 2018 season but here are a few that can't be denied. The players doing the upset were just as surprised as their opponents being stunned. When an upset will happen, who really knows. 1) Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams - 2018 U.S.
Open Women's Final 6-2, 6-4 "I'm still trying to take my mind off it...Of course I'm happy that I won a grand slam. I don't think there's anything that can take away that....when I look back...it's a bad memory...it was so strange...I wanted to just push it to the side..." Naomi Osaka says of her win over Serena Williams at the 2018 Women's U.S.
Open Final making her the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam Final. 2) John Millman wins over Roger Federer at the fourth round of the 2018 U.S. Open 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 Millman is a 29-year-old Australian ranked no.
55 in the world. He played mostly Challenger tennis and had won 2 titles and defeated Japan's Yuichi Sugita ranked no. 8 in the world, in the third round. We would neer think he could defeat no. 2 ranked Roger Federer. "I'm probably in a little bit of disbelief...I got out of a tough second set...found my feet and started to be a bit more aggressive.
I started to serve really well and probably capitalised...on Roger having an off service day". 3) Kaia Kanepi of Estonia dismantles Simona Halep in the opening round of the 2018 U.S. Open 6-2, 6-4 Halep had captured the French Open title her first career Grand Slam crown which she started off slow losing the first set but then winning two more sets.
She didnt have luck with no. 44 ranked Kaia Kanepi who despite having a history of illness and injuries, two years out with Epstein-Barr virus and then plantar fasciitis in both feet. She pulled out a winner. "I actually did not know if I would come back again", Kanepi had said.
She has 4 WTA career titles but on that first day of the open on a newly constructed Louis Armstrong Stadium, she wins. She played more aggressive than Halep and had a great ability to control rallies coming up victorious.
"I remember how I played her the last time and this time I tried to do the same, Kanepi had said at the press conference. 4) Kiki Bertens ranked no. 20 wins over Karolina Pliskova 7th seed at Wimbledon's fourth round in straights sets 6-3, 7-6 "This is a match which I maybe should have won, if I maybe play a little bit better I can win", said Karolina Pliskova.
But Kiki Bertens had all the answeres and the confidence to knock out the last of the top 10 seeds to get to the quarterfinals. 5) Richard Gasquet overpowers Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the Japan Open in two tiebreaks 7-6, 7-6 Gasquet the more heavy resumed player had 12 aces to Kyrgios' 22 but it had nothing to do with rankings but just coming up with the winning point and game.
Gasquet had the competitive spirit to come up with winning shots over the young Australian. The Frenchman is to meet Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals and says that "Kevin is a top 10 player and has been in the Wimbledon and US Open Finals so I have nothing to lose".
He did win over Anderson in 2 tiebreaks7-6, 7-6, but fell to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals 6-7, 1-6. 6) Borna Coric outsmarts Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open Final in Halle winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, then defeats Stan Wawrinka at the Shanghai Masters first round This past June, Coric played intelligent at the Gerry Weber Open, defeating Alex Zverev, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Andreas Seppi and then Roger Federer.
But it was days ago that Coric won over Wawrinka playing smartly and focused. The Croatian was a set down and crawled back to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. This was the first time he won over Wawrinka in their fourth meeting. 7) Aryna Sabalenka wins Connecticut Open over Carla Suarez Navarro, wins 3rd round of U.S.
Open over Petra Kvitova and Wuhan title over Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 Sabalenka has become the next 'go to' WTA player who can seem to win over any opponent. Commentators had said that "For Sabalenka she just raised her level to every point of her game...there was nothing that Kontaveit could have did".
8) Stefano Tsitsipas won over Novak Djokovic in quarters of Canadian Open in 3 sets and the Shanghai Rolex Masters days ago defeating Gael Monfils in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 "Gael Monfils electrifies the crowd", a commentator loudly says but it was Tsitsipas who took the match after a gritty performance with Monfils.
He dominated in strategies and came up with winners on most rallies. 9) Donna Vekic has become one of the most threatening players on the WTA tour. She was dominate in the Pan Pacific Open wins over Sloane Stephens in the 1st round, Jo Konta in the 2nd and Caroline Garcia in the 3rd Vekic says of her Stephens match that "I always try to get out there and be aggressive...I am happy to get through...there is no easy opponents so it's only going to get tougher from here...." Stephens was disappointed and said of her performance that "Yeah, it was frustrating...I wasn't making the shots I wanted to make..." 10) Nikoloz Basilashvili defeats Juan Martin del Potro for the China Open title The Georgian player has begun to up his level of play especially at the China Open getting through Jack Sock in three sets and Kyle Edmund as well as Fernando Verdasco in straight sets both with socres of 7-6, 6-4.
Basilashvili has evened his head-to-head with a 1-all against del Potro but can be very focused and a threat to win no matter the ranking or resume of his opponents. There are so many upsets and surely more to come but that's what makes tennis interesting and nerve-racking not only to fans but to the players, not knowing who will fallnext whether a top ranked, qualifier or a lucky loser.