By Mike Dickson for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 01:37 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 01:42 BST, 1 September 2019
In the long run it may not prove such a bad thing that Coco Gauff was unable to produce a stunning upset of Naomi Osaka.
The US Open was already full to the brim with Cocomania, and knocking out the defending champion would have sent it to levels that even such a resourceful 15 year-old might have struggled to handle.
In the end a hugely expectant Arthur Ashe Stadium had to satisfy itself with seeing the first, but definitely not the last, big match between these two, which ended amid emotional scenes with the Japanese player prevailing 6-3, 6-0 in 65 minutes with a fairly merciless display.
Naomi Osaka is through to the US Open fourth round after beating Coco Gauff on Saturday
The lack of compassion ended at match point, when Osaka classily walked over to her opponent and asked her to do a joint