Second seed Sofia Kenin of america used to be sent crashing out of the USA Open on Monday, beaten in straight sets by Elise Mertens of Belgium. Kenin, the highest seeded player left in the tournament and winner of the 2020 Australian Open, used to be bundled out of the final 16 6-3, 6-3, in 1hr 14 mins by Mertens. Mertens, the 16th seed, will now play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the quarter-finals. Kenin, who had not missing a game in her first three rounds, never got her service game together against Mertens.
The 21-year-old Moscow-born player won only 56 per cent of first serve points in comparison to 75 per cent for Mertens.
Kenin also hit three double faults, while Mertens hit none.
Mertens, ranked 18th on the earth, smashed eight aces, while Kenin failed to muster any.
Unseeded Azarenka came from a set down to oust 20th seed Karolina Muchova 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 30min.
Serena battles into quarters
Serena Williams had to summon up each and every final ounce of strength to depose 15th seed Maria Sakkari in three hard-fought sets.
The 38-year-old American needed nearly two and a half hours to dislodge her 25-year-old Greek opponent 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 within an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
“She’s the sort of good competitor. It used to be a in point of fact intense match,” said Williams, who had been dumped out of a US Open tuneup tournament by the same opponent final month.
“I felt like she nearly played better today. I used to be a little fatigued final time and had some cramps. Just felt like I used to be in a position to compete longer,” Williams added.
There used to be little separating the players all through the energy-sapping contest, with Williams notching 107 complete points to Sakkari’s 99.
Williams won 72 percent of points off her first serve while Sakkari won 73 percent. Sakkari also outdid Williams on aces, by 13 to 12.
Williams rallied from two games down in the deciding set, pumping herself up with loud screams that echoed around the spectator-free arena as she broke Sakkari twice to clinch the last-eight spot.
The American will play Tsvetana Pironkova for a place in the semi-finals after the Bulgarian ousted France’s Alize Cornet in another draining three-setter.
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