Two – time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka booked a place in the quarter- finals of the US Open Sunday with a straight -sets win over Estonia ’ s Anett Kontaveit .
Osaka , the fourth seed , powered past her 14th seeded counterpart 6 – 3 , 6 – 4 in the late match in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows .
The 2018 US Open champion said keeping her emotions in check was key to dominating the 1 hr 12 min match .
“ For me it ’ s very important because it ’ s quite easy to get down on yourself, especially when you feel like you could have converted so many times, ” she explained.
“ But I just told myself that she ’ s a great player she ’ s supposed to hold her serve so yeah just keep pushing . ”
Frustration had got the better of Osaka in the previous round when she threw her racquet during a tie- break .
Osaka said she hadn ’ t watched live the incident with Novak Djokovic earlier in the day when he was disqualified for accidentally hitting a lines judge with his ball after losing a game .
She was sleeping ahead of her night match , but after becoming aware of it she said it served as a reminder to remain in control while on the court.
“ That’ s definitely like a warning to never do that, ” Osaka said .
Kontaveit fought hard to hang in the contest, saving five match points before Osaka booked her place in the last eight .
Japan ’ s Osaka will play 27-year – old Shelby Rogers for a place in the semi – finals after the American upset sixth seed Petra Kvitova in three sets Sunday.
Osaka , of Haitian and Japanese heritage , walked onto the court wearing a facemask emblazoned with the name of Trayvon Martin , an unarmed black youth shot and killed by a white neighborhood watch member in Florida in 2012 .
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Osaka , the 2019 Australian Open champion, is wearing different masks honoring victims of racial injustice and police brutality throughout the tournament .
She has already donned face coverings bearing the names of Breonna Taylor , Elijah McClain and Ahmaud Arbery .
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