US Open 2018 Results: Wozniacki’s Loss Gives Women’s Tournament a Jolt

Djokovic moves on to third round

During his second-round compare opposite Tennys Sandgren on Thursday night, Novak Djokovic was not in a form of earthy trouble that seemed to worry him during his four-set first-round win. But he concurred a relapse in thoroughness as he was pushed to 4 sets again before winning, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-2, during Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic, a No. 6 seed, will play No. 26 Richard Gasquet on Saturday.

An doubtful doubles group plays a Open

Playing in a Grand Slam eventuality had always been a apart dream for a Mexican doubles dilettante Hans Hach Verdugo — until Thursday. The quick left-hander, who is ranked No. 174 in doubles, done his initial ambience of a large time on a fourth day of a U.S. Open as an swap entrant in a men’s doubles margin alongside his Swedish partner Andreas Siljestrom.

The highest-ranked swap group on site Thursday, Verdugo and Siljestrom were drafted to face a 2017 Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo after a withdrawal of Vasek Pospisil and Fernando Verdasco.


Frances Tiafoe served to Alex De Minaur as a object set on Thursday.

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Verdugo and Siljestrom achieved credibly in a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) better to a No. 7 seeds. They will separate $16,500 in esteem money.

“Oh my gosh, unequivocally a dream come true,” Verdugo pronounced after a match. “I’ve always wanted to play in a Slam and now we can contend we have it underneath my belt.”

The 6-foot-9 Siljestrom has been ranked as high as No. 57 in doubles, yet Verdugo had never played a tour-level compare outward of Mexico before this outrageous break. He was 1-4 in ATP Tour events in Acapulco and Los Cabos, that entered around a mad card.


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Verdugo and Siljestrom weren’t tighten to a approach entrance cutoff of 155 for a doubles draw. Given a poignant esteem income during a majors, as good as players’ ability to use their particular singles rankings when perplexing to enter doubles, it tends to be formidable to throng into a margin during a many prestigious events.

But Verdugo was suggested by his partner in new days to stay ready. Siljestrom had been study a margin and satisfied that, interjection to a agreeably brief list of swap teams, they had a decent possibility to hide into a pull given a spate of damage retirements.

So Verdugo requisitioned a $312 moody from Dallas into New York on Tuesday night and found a crony to stay with on a Upper East Side to equivocate housing costs. His coach, Philip Farmer, was already in city and furloughed a 9/11 Memorial and Museum on Thursday afternoon when Verdugo sent a content during 2:30 p.m. to surprise him: “We’re in.”

Pospisil had cold given of a behind damage that tormented him in his detriment to Rafael Nadal in singles on Wednesday.

“At initial it was kind of romantic when we walked on a court,” Verdugo pronounced of nearing on Court 7. “But we kind of dripping it in and only said, ‘Let’s go for it.’

“My partner unequivocally believed we were going to get in, so we told him, ‘Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.’ we knew that maybe we could remove $500 or a thousand bucks, yet we also knew that a rewards could be most bigger.” MARC STEIN

Young Australian advances

In a conflict of splendid immature stars, Alex de Minaur of Australia degraded Frances Tiafoe of a United States, 6-4, 6-0. 5-7, 6-2. De Minaur, 19, was a No. 2 ranked youth in a universe in 2016. Tiafoe, 20, reached that mark in 2014.


Alex de Minaur degraded Frances Tiafoe in a second round.

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De Minaur started a year ranked 208th, yet is now 45th, one mark subsequent Tiafoe. De Minaur has had a clever summer reaching a third turn of Wimbledon and afterwards a final during a Citi Open in Washington a few weeks later.


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Now he’s in a third turn of a U.S. Open for a initial time. He will subsequent play seventh-seeded Marin Cilic, a 2014 Open champion.

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Benneteau bids adieu

The 36-year-old Frenchman Julien Benneteau played what was substantially his final compare in a vital — and he caused utterly a stir mid by a fifth set.

Tied during 3-3 with Jan-Lennard Struff, Benneteau, during a net, watched a flitting shot by Struff go by him and shave a baseline. Apparently undone (or maybe confused in a heat), he momentarily pulled his shorts down to his ankles, divulgence a span of black application shorts. The throng started laughing.


Julien Benneteau has pronounced he will retire after a U.S. Open.

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“It was spontaneous,” Benneteau said, adding about a chair umpire, Tom Sweeney, who did not give Benneteau a warning: “I have to give him a large thanks. He laughed. He accepted a situation.”

This U.S. Open competence be remembered for a players disrobing in public. On Tuesday, a womanlike player, Alizé Cornet, was penalized for quickly holding off her shirt on a justice during her first-round match. Male players have been frequently changing their tops and relaxing shirtless during timeouts as they conflict a impassioned heat.

But a pants-drop is some-more unusual. Benneteau, who has announced skeleton to retire during a finish of a year, eventually fell to Struff, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Benneteau is one of a handful of group in their mid-30s who, after prolonged and considerable stints as pros, are stepping divided from a tour. A French Open men’s doubles champion, Benneteau is maybe best famous for going 0-10 in singles finals.

Ostapenko muddles by again

Despite 15 double faults, Jelena Ostapenko, a No. 10 seed, done it by to a third turn with a three-set win over Taylor Townsend, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Off her use diversion and with 47 spontaneous errors, Ostapenko, of Latvia, saved herself with some-more than twice as many winners (52 to 20) as Townsend, a 22-year-old from Chicago personification for a initial time in a second round.


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Ostapenko, a 2017 French Open champion and a semifinalist during Wimbledon final month, has struggled mightily with her offer by dual matches. She has 26 double faults so distant and has indispensable a limit 6 sets to strech a third round.

In a third round, Ostapenko will face a leader of Thursday night’s compare between Maria Sharapova and Sorana Cirstea.

In other women’s matches, No. 14 Madison Keys, a finalist here final year, degraded Bernarda Pera, 6-4, 6-1 and will subsequent play Aleksandra Krunic.

Federer books his mark in a third round


Roger Federer personification Benoît Paire during Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Second-seeded Roger Federer set adult a third-round strife with Nick Kyrgios (more on him later) with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 feat over Benoît Paire. Paire, a ebullient Frenchman, had a integrate of compare points opposite Federer this summer in Halle, Germany, yet was distant from a feat Thursday.

Other men’s winners on Thursday enclosed No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 13 Diego Schwartzman. No. 14 Fabio Fognini mislaid to John Millman, and No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut late from his compare opposite Joao Sousa.

As Nick Kyrgios turns …

As many Nick Kyrgios matches do, his second-round feat over Pierre-Hugues Herbert incited into a soap opera. Kyrgios forsaken a initial set and was down by 0-3 in a second, and his physique denunciation was sagging accordingly.

During a changeover, a chair referee Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to speak to Kyrgios, and offering platitudes like “I’m perplexing to assistance you” and “I know this is not you.”

Maybe a surprising pep speak was all Kyrgios needed. He won 19 of a subsequent 25 games to take a match, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.


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[Read some-more about Kyrgios’s surprising win.]

Kerber escapes in 3 sets

Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, a 2016 U.S. Open champion, looked as if she was going to slip simply into a third round. She was forward by 3 breaks in a second set, after winning a initial set, 6-2, and even had dual compare points. But a heat, and her opponent, Johanna Larsson, seemed to get to her simultaneously.

Larsson posted a mad comeback, winning 5 true games to take a second set, 7-5, and forcing Kerber to regroup in a 10-minute mangle between periods.


Angelique Kerber of Germany degraded Johanna Larsson of Sweden in a second turn of a U.S. Open Thursday.

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Kerber looked tired yet managed to find her approach in a third set and eventually prevailed, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, to keep her hopes of a second uninterrupted vital championship intact. Kerber won Wimbledon in July.

Kerber, a maladroit German, safely returned 91 of Larsson’s 97 serves in a compare and kept prolonged rallies alive, totaling 54 rallies of some-more than 9 shots. But she struggled putting divided Larsson, who saved a dozen mangle points to lengthen a compare to a exhausting two-and-a-half hours.

Kerber will subsequent play No. 29 seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Another high seed, No. 6 Caroline Garcia, indispensable 3 sets to get past unseeded Monica Puig, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Puig won a bullion award in a 2016 Olympics yet has not reached a third turn in a vital since.

In other women’s matches, No. 5 Petra Kvitova suspended Yafan Wang, 7-5, 6-3, to set adult a assembly with No. 30 Aryna Sabalenka in a third round. Sabalenka, who degraded Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 7-6 (7), is one of a hottest players on a tour; she won a contest in New Haven final week and reached a semifinals in Cincinnati before that.

Osaka wins; Kasatkina loses

The early women’s singles matches of a afternoon on Thursday enclosed an dissapoint of a No. 11 seed, Daria Kasatkina of Russia, who lost, 6-2, 7-6 (3), to a 24-year-old fast-rising Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a second round.


Naomi Osaka reached a third turn of a U.S. Open for a third year in a row.

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Sasnovich, who reached a fourth turn during Wimbledon, didn’t concede a mangle indicate in a opening set. She indispensable a tutor to demeanour during her left knee early in a second set. But it didn’t stop her in entrance behind from down a mangle to advance.


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Sasnovich will face Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who breezed past a qualifier Julia Glushko of Israel, 6-2, 6-0, in 50 minutes. Osaka has now reached a third turn in a past 6 majors.

Four of a tip 15 seeds in a women’s singles pull have lost, including No. 1 Simona Halep, No. 9 Julia Görges and No. 12 Garbiñe Muguruza.

Guess what? It’s prohibited again.

Once again, a impassioned feverishness process is in effect. The heat is approaching to strech 90 degrees, yet that is cooler than a past dual days. In women’s singles, a players will be authorised a 10-minute mangle between a second and third sets if possibly actor requests one. In men’s singles, a players are authorised a 10-minute mangle between a third and fourth sets if possibly actor requests one.

The manners about what a actor can do and who a actor can speak to during a mangle were hotly debated on Wednesday, when Andy Murray indicted Fernando Verdasco of articulate to his manager during a 10-minute mangle in their second-round match. Verdasco denied it after beating Murray.

Murray was still prohibited about a matter several hours after in an Instagram post.

Wednesday’s highlights

• Serena Williams and Venus Williams won on Wednesday during a 2018 U.S. Open to set adult a compare between a sisters in a third round. It will be a 30th assembly in their careers.

• In other women’s matches, Sloane Stephens solved a puzzling opponent, yet No. 9 Julia Görges and No. 12 Garbiñe Muguruza were upset.


Rafael Nadal, above, degraded David Ferrer in a initial turn of a U.S. Open.

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• In men’s singles, Rafael Nadal cruised into a third round, John Isner survived a five-setter and Andy Murray, in his initial Grand Slam contest in some-more than a year, was unapproachable of how he “fought to a end” in his second-round detriment to Fernando Verdasco.

• The U.S. Open altered a process for where a lady can change her clothes during a match.

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