Tsurenko cites illness following US Open exit

Lesia Tsurenko only took two games off Naomi Osaka in New York before revealing: "I was not feeling well. I'm just not able to play now."

Lesia Tsurenko during her quarter-final defeat to Naomi Osaka   -  Getty Images

A dejected Lesia Tsurenko said she was hampered by illness as she suffered a 6-1, 6-1 thumping at the hands of Naomi Osaka in the US Open quarterfinals.

Wednesday's opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium lasted just 57 minutes as 20th seed Osaka romped to a comprehensive victory.

Tsurenko had struggled with the oppressive New York heat during her last-16 triumph over Marketa Vondrousova, but wilted for different reasons against Osaka.

"Unfortunately, during this tournament, I had many issues with my health, and today was not my day, obviously. I was not feeling well," said the Ukrainian in a news conference.

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"I hate matches like this. I didn't want to show this kind of game in front of this big crowd, but unfortunately I'm just not able to play now."

"I just woke up today with a viral illness or whatever it is. I don't know. I don't know what happened, but my throat is not well. I'm not breathing well. Everything was going well until this morning. I woke up with sickness."

Asked if she considered pulling out of the contest, given her condition, Tsurenko added: "I didn't want to do it because of the crowd and because it's a quarterfinal. I took a lot of medication before the match. I think there was nothing else we could do."

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