The US Open lost two of its biggest names as Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza got dumped out in the fourth round on Sunday.
Maria Sharapova, who had been enjoying support from the the Arthur Ashe crowd, started very well against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, but she couldn’t maintain her level of consistency as she was stunned by Sevastova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
“I had to stay with her. I had to stay pumped up. I had to run. I had to be physically fit, to get every ball and, yeah, just make her work for every point,” Sevastova beamed after the match.
And at night, it was Garbine Muguruza who was under the lights as she battled Petra Kvitova.
Muguruza was the early favorite to advance to the quarter final, and that looked to be a sure bet when she raced away to a 4-1 lead in the first set. But a combination of massive ground strokes and intelligent play put Kvitova in control; she went on to dominate the game, winning 7-6(3), 6-3.
“It was kind of a dream to come and play on the big stage (against one of) the top players in the world,” Kvitova said. “I tried to work really hard to play here again … It means a lot.”
In the quarter finals, Kvitova will face Venus Williams who also advanced to the quarters for the second time in three hears by defeating Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in her fourth straight match on centre court.
“The energy of the crowd here, it makes me feel I’ve got to hit a winner, I’ve got to hit an ace. I love it here,” William said in front of the crowd.
In other matches in the Men’s Singles, Sam Querry outclassed Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
Diego Schwartzman beat Lucas Pouille 7-6(3-7), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 to advance to the next round.