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Sharapova advances at US Open

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Karen Khachanov, of Russia, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) during the third round of the US Open tennis tournament on Friday in New York.


Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova improved to 23-0 in US Open night matches and returned to the fourth round yesterday by beating No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2.

The 22nd-seeded Sharapova got plenty of help: 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko hit 41 unforced errors and only 10 winners.

Sharapova won the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows, but she's only been past the fourth round once since then.

Ostapenko's exit left only four of the top 13 women's seeds in the draw.

Earlier No. 4 men's seed Alexander Zverev made another Week 1 exit at the US Open, losing this time to 34th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 in an all-German matchup in the third round.

The 21-year-old Zverev is considered a rising star of men's tennis. He already has won three Masters titles in his career and leads the tour with 45 wins this season.

But he has only one Grand Slam quarter final appearance so far, at this year's French Open, and he's now 4-4 at the US Open. In four appearances at Flushing Meadows, he has one loss in the first round, two in the second, and one in the third.




Meanwhile Naomi Osaka swept her way into the fourth round of the US Open for the first time, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 20 seed from Japan needed just 50 minutes, 25 per set, to eliminate the 33rd-ranked player from Belarus.

Osaka has reached at least the third round in six straight Grand Slam tournaments, the longest current streak on tour. She lost in that round in Flushing Meadows the last two years.

Althea Gibson will be permanently honoured with a monument on the grounds of the National Tennis Center next year.

US Tennis Association president Katrina Adams announced the monument yesterday with Eric Goulder, who will build the sculpture.

Adams says Gibson is an icon in the sport, someone who "was truly diverse in her own thinking and her abilities."

USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier says the location for the statue has not been finalised and artist renderings are unavailable because Goulder "is still in the creative process."

Adams says her team will survey the grounds to put it somewhere visible.

Gibson was the first African-American woman to win the French Open (1956), the US Open (1957 and 1958), and Wimbledon (1957 and 1958).