Osaka bows out of US Open

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Defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka has bowed out but men’s second seed Rafael Nadal marches on. By PA

And wild card Kristie Ahn’s dream run came to an end against Elie Mertens while Alexander Zverev ran out of steam against Diego Schwartzman.

Here, PA looks back at day eight and forward to day nine at the US Open.

Shock of the day

Belinda Bencic had already beaten world number one and defending champion Osaka twice this year, but few expected win number three to come at Flushing Meadows.

Stat of the day

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Barty is back on top (Michael Owens/AP)

Osaka’s defeat means she will lose the world number one spot to Ashleigh Barty after the tournament.

Quote of the day

Kids taken to school

Teenage doubles duo Coco Gauff and Caty McNally were handed a 6-0 6-1 lesson by the experienced Barty and Victoria Azarenka.

Fallen seeds
Men: Alexander Zverev (6), Marin Cilic (22)
Women: Naomi Osaka (1), Julia Goerges (26)

Brit watch

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Johanna Konta is first up on Arthur Ashe on Friday as she bids to become the first British woman in the Open era to reach all four grand slam semi-finals. In the mixed doubles Jamie Murray and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski in three.

Order of play

Arthur Ashe Stadium:
Johanna Konta v Elina Svitolina
Stan Wawrinka v Daniil Medvedev
Serena Williams v Wang Qiang
Roger Federer v Grigor Dimitrov

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17:52

Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.

18:48

Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.

19:19

Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.

19:50

Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.

20:20

Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.

20:51

Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

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