As the final major of the year reaches the round of 16, one would not take away the possibility of more upsets. In the men’s draw, two seeded players from the bottom half ended their journey at Flushing Meadows while the world celebrated 23 Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in total privacy on Friday.
Day five wrap at the US Open
In the women’s draw, Petra Kvitova beat France’s Caroline Garcia 6-0 6-4 to reach the fourth round at the US Open.
- Advertisement -
This is the first time since her career threatening hand injury she will progress to the round of 16 of a major tournament.
Czech 13th seed will next play Garbine Muguruza at the US Open.
Spanish third seed Muguruza overcame Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1.
American ninth seed Venus Williams also progressed with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Greek Maria Sakkari.
The 37-year-old seven-time Grand Slam winner, is chasing a third title at Flushing Meadows and faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the next round.
Aware that her sister Serena gave birth to a girl prior to the match, Venus, declined to talk about the birth when asked what went through her heart when she heard.
American Sloane Stephens, who beat 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova in round two, is also through after beating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4.
She will play German 30th seed Julia Goerges who beat Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets.
Russian Maria Sharapova saw off 18-year-old American Sofia Kenin 7-5 6-2 in the third round in New York.
The 30-year-old also took time to hit back at Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki who complained after she exited the tournament. She believes Sharapova should not have been scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium while she played on an outer court as she needed a wildcard after a doping ban.
Sharapova has played all three matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Former champion Marin Cilic who claimed the US Open title in 2014, has been dumped out of the US Open.
Fifth seed Cilic lost 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-4 to Argentina’s world number 33 Diego Schwartzman at the US Open.
Cilic, 28, who claimed the US Open title in 2014, is the fourth top-10 seed to exit the competition.
Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all went out in the second round.
Schwartzman reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career and will play 16th seed Lucas Pouille after the Frenchman beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-4.
John Isner crashed out to Mischa Zverev 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in the third round.
The American was the highest remaining seed in a wide open bottom half of the draw, which earlier saw Cilic eliminated.
Zverev, whose brother, Alexander, was eliminated in the second round, advances to face another American, No. 17 seed Sam Querrey.
Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta triumphed over Nicolas Mahut of France 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
Busta will play Canadian 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who made it to the round of 16 when Britain’s Kyle Edmund pulled out injured.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has reached the US Open last 16 after beating Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in their third round clash.
Anderson will next face Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi for a spot in the quarter-finals.