FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Some 98,000 Wilson tennis balls have been supplied to the 2019 US Open. Moments after 15-year-old Coco Gauff took her final singles swing at one of them Saturday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, her head dropped, her friend across the net exulted and the most stirring story line at America’s Grand Slam came to an end in the third round, which was way earlier than her fast-growing legion of fans wanted.

Playing before nearly 24,000 people in the world’s biggest tennis venue, Gauff, of Delray Beach, Florida, showcased her electrifying athleticism and punishing power at times, but it wasn’t enough to overcome her friend and South Florida neighbor, No. 1 Naomi Osaka.

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