Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Sharapova knocked out of US Open, losing to Suarez Navarro

Madison Keys reacts to beating Aleksandra Krunic at the 2018 US Open Maria Sharapova's US Open ends at hands of Carla Suárez Navarro
Tamara Craig | 06 September, 2018, 04:14

In the last 16, she faced Maria Sharapova in what looked a tough match on paper, but ended in a comfortable 6-4 6-3 Suarez Navarro victory. Sharapova, the 2006 champion, had never lost a night session match in NY prior to her first Grand Slam meeting with Suarez Navarro. That is more durable than to be a 31-yr-previous and be capable of do no matter he needs.

"I have played her a few times". With this win, she becomes the first player to defeat Sharapova at night in NY. "By chances, I mean the balls that were a little bit shorter".

"I think I've done plenty in my career", said Sharapova.

Sharapova matched her performance from a year ago but then, in her first Grand Slam since the end of her doping ban, the fourth round seemed a sign she could return to her best.

She was able to play through the pain and eventually won the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

"It was a really good present for me", said the Spaniard.

Suarez Navarro, who celebrated her 30th birthday Monday, was a quarter-finalist in NY in 2013.

"I just tried to be focused".

It is going to be a tough match with either player, she said.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an wonderful journey these three to four years", she said.

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"I need to be aggressive. try to be solid, run and fight". I have the character inside, sometimes I have to show more, I'm working on that.

Sharapova, who won the last of her five Slams at Roland Garros in 2014, has endured a disappointing return to the majors since the end of her drugs ban in April of 2017.

She finally pulled it out when the No. 26-seeded Sabalenka double-faulted on match point, tossing her racket to the court in frustration. An emotional Osaka wiped tears from her eyes in an on-court interview, thanking the crowd and saying she would not have forgiven herself had she lost. There's a lot of things she did well. "Like a part of me knew it was coming, but at the same time I was always very unprepared", Osaka said. "My win against Garbiñe Muguruza in Cincinnati and some victories there gave me the confidence that I can play well". She next faces Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.

Keys hasn't skipped a beat on her way to the quarterfinals, dropping just a single set along the way. The 14th-seeded American, looking to go one better than her runner-up finish at Flushing Meadows a year ago, relied on both her risky serve and powerful groundstrokes to deny Cibulkova any chance of an upset win.

Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round Monday.

Osaka reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final, tearfully admitting she was prepared to "break a leg" to win the match.

"It's no secret that Serena is my favourite", she said. I've never felt so bad on court.

"I feel like I learned a lot the match I played here two years ago".

The five-time Grand Slam champion was broken three times in the first set and again at the start of the second.

In the women's draw, No. 14 seed Madison Keys remains in the hunt for her first Grand Slam title a year after making the US Open final.

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