Extreme heat policy in effect at US Open

Bobbie Reid
September 6, 2018

The 22nd seed has not advanced to the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam since her return from a 15-month doping ban in April a year ago.

"Just a little too up-and-down", is the way Sharapova described her performance Monday.

The Russian, who first arrived in the United States with her father - but without her mother - and just $700 in their pockets, said: "If I didn't have the belief to keep doing this and to keep having the motivation and the grind of doing this every day in order to get myself in these positions, I don't think I would be here". "I've watched all of her matches in the US Open this year".

But when the NY crowd wished her a happy birthday following her victory over Sharapova on Monday, Suarez Navarro said she hoped to show more of her "character" in the quarter-finals.

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

But despite her sense of perspective on Monday's defeat, there remain question marks over whether or not Sharapova will ever return to the peak of her powers.

Vondrousova hit eight more winners, 25 to 17, but the teenagers crucially blasted 72 unforced errors against the Ukrainian, able to convert eight of 15 break points in the match.

The No. 20 seed had to work much harder than she had so far in the tournament, where she had won 22 consecutive games leading into Sunday's match.

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Progression to the quarter-finals at a second Grand Slam means Suarez Navarro makes 2018 her most successful year.

Tsurenko, who earlier in the tournament ousted No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki, looked down and out in the first set before engineering a remarkable recovery in the high heat.

Sharapova, the 2006 champion who was trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012, hit 38 unforced errors and dropped serve six times. But I think I made a really complete match from the beginning until the end. "I told myself to run and fight - that's the way I can play really good tennis". "I want to have a happy birthday, and I have it". "So I'm just glad I could do one of my goals".

Keys was a comfortable victor over Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, triumphing 6-1 6-3 to record a fifth victory in as many meetings with the Slovakian. "She played really well". While Sevastova has had some experience playing Pliskova (she leads their head-to-head 2-1) - the last time they met in 2017, Sevastova won the match, no contest - she has never played Williams.

'Yeah, the belief is not something that I'm eager to show everybody else.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

Keys has been solid in NY, having dropped a single set through four matches, and turned it up a notch against her 29th-seeded opponent as she lost only 10 points on serve during a 76-minute match in which she was broken once.

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