Sharapova lights up US Open again with win over Ostapenko

Sharapova lights up US Open again with win over Ostapenko

But the early setback sparked something inside. She double-faulted for the sixth time to secure the win for the 31-year-old who was two games from entering the second week.

Sorana Cirstea of Romania hits a return during the women's singles second round match against Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation at the 2018 US Open tennis Championships in NY, the United States, Aug. 30, 2018.

"There's no doubt that I feed off of this energy". "I felt pretty confident throughout". "It was a very long match" said Ostapenko recalling her recent clash.

"I think [the] first game I played OK, [but] then something - like everything - just went wrong way", the 21-year-old Ostapenko said. The Latvian, who never held in the second set, tried to counter the former world No.1 but finished often to over-hit and her unforced errors became an excessive burden on her shoulders. It was 86 degrees (30 Celsius) just before Thursday's day session on Arthur Ashe Stadium was to begin.

The No. 4 seed beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 for his best result in the year's final Grand Slam tournament.

Nishikori was worn down by the time he reached the final in a remarkable run where he defeated three of the top five seeds.

With the same emphatic style, Aryna Sabalenlka beat 7-5 6-1 Petra Kvitova.

However, women's second seed Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine. She's got that experience in Grand Slams already.

"He pushed me around", Kohlschreiber said.

Both players still have a great deal of work in front of them to pull this off.

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So where do we stand?

She is the only Grand Slam victor left in what is a fairly inexperienced bottom half.

And the big losses don't end there.

"I knew that I needed to have a better performance than my previous round", noted the Russian.

She was slated to play Halep in Sunday's fourth round, but instead, Williams gets Kanepi. Yet, Sharapova didn't need that much to break straight away her adversary.

The former US Open champion played a flawless game, holding to love to be ahead for the first time in the set.

Only American Madison Keys, last year's beaten finalist and the 14th seed, is ranked higher than the Russian in the bottom half of the draw. Serena leads their head-to-head record 19-2, but this is still one of the most tantalizing matchups in the game.

Cirstea fought back with some hard hitting of her own, breaking the Sharapova serve in the first game of the second set and opening up a 4-2 lead before cracking under relentless pressure from the 2006 champion.

Ostapenko was one of several seeds to bow out and NY is certain to crown the fourth different women's grand slam champion of the year after Wimbledon victor Angelique Kerber joined Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki in being eliminated on Louis Armstrong.

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