CM – Kerber beats Stephens in the fight against the ex-US Open champion when Osaka is out


Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep had a long tie-break and three sets to secure her place in the fourth round of the US Open before defending champion Naomi Osaka failed dramatically.

Halep played on that Place of the Louis Armstrong Stadium and won a tiebreak in the first set against Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan 13:11.

Rybakina won the second set, but the Romanian won the third by a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win to complete and advance to the last 16.

She will play next against fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, after Svitolinas 6-4, 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina.

In the biggest History of the day Japan’s Osaka lost to 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez of Canada.

Osaka served in the second set for the match but surrendered under pressure, smashing her racket on numerous occasions, slamming a ball into the crowd and hiding under a towel while sic h broke their game in the last two sets.

Fernandez eventually won 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, with Osaka – who knocked out the French Open and this year skipped Wimbledon to deal with her mental health to keep busy – and revealed that she will take an indefinite break from the sport.

Elsewhere at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the German Angelique Kerber defeated the American Sloane Stephens in a meeting of two former US Open champions.

Kerber – victorious in New York 2016 – fought his way back and won 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

The German will meet defending champion Naomi Osaka next, should the Japanese later the Canadian Laylah Fernandez beat.

The Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza defeated the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a duel of the two-time Grand Slam winner over three sets and meets the Czech Barbora Krejčíková in round four.

Krejčíková has never before in Single main field of US Open but is enjoying a remarkable year 2021 after winning the French Open singles and doubles titles and the gold medal in women’s doubles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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