Maria Sharapova says she has had tougher times after last-16 defeat

06 September, 2018, 04:13 | Author: George Williams
  • Maria Sharapova sees US Open streak end in error-ridden defeat

She next plays the victor of Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Maria Sharapova on Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

With the win, Navarro snapped the streak and advanced to her second US Open quarterfinal - her first since 2013 - with the straight-sets win against Sharapova, who was trying to reach the quarterfinals or better in NY for the first time since 2012.

The Russian, playing her fourth straight round-16 match in NY, the seventh in 12 attempts, her lowest success rate for reaching the second week out of all four Grand Slams, looked often fearful and out of position when she tried to clinch the point at the net.

"I was really dizzy and I asked nature or God or somebody please move the shade over faster", said the woman who put out world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. "I give myself some hope.' I think the good thing that I decide to keep fighting, and then I was feeling better and better, and I came back to the match".

Osaka is through to a grand slam quarter-final for the first time, after battling past fellow in-form 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka in a fascinating encounter on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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The former world number one slid down the rankings after being given a 15-month doping ban for using meldonium.

"It's the first time I've played this year at night", Suarez Navarro, the 30th seed who just turned 30, said courtside after being wished happy birthday by the crowd. "You just have a dream", said Sharapova. "If you don't, it's your choice to not continue that, not for anyone else to tell you so".

"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 have the character inside, sometimes I have to show more, I'm working on that. That is more durable than to be a 31-yr-previous and be capable of do no matter he needs. This is the way that I can play really good tennis.

Sabalenka, who saved three break points in the final set, flung her racket in dismay after committing a double-fault on match point, handing victory to her 19th-ranked opponent.

Vondrousova accused Tsurenko of putting on an act, but the Ukrainian insisted her struggles were real, saying: "I don't know what to say".

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Suarez Navarro, after taking the first set 6-4, dropped down 2-1 early in the second set.

Despite her frustration in her performances, Sharapova rejected the notion that this was the most challenging period of her career.

Djokovic did his part, improving his ideal record in US Open fourth-round contests to 11-0, leaving it to Federer - who will take on Australian John Millman in the late contest on Arthur Ashe Stadium court - to give the fans what would be a hotly anticipated matchup.

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