Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sharapova crashes out of US Open

Sharapova crashes out of US Open

Sharapova made 50 unforced errors and was unable to match her opponent's consistency.

Maria Sharapova is one of the few lucky players guaranteed to battle it out under Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof today as rain threatens to play havoc with the US Open schedule for a second day running. The first set could have gone either way.

Sharapova knocked off world No. 2 Simona Halep in a stunning opening-night return to Grand Slam tennis.

The optics and cosmetics were seductive, but they weren't going to win Sharapova any matches or carry her to her first Grand Slam triumph since the French Open of 2014.

Sharapova blasted a backhand down-the-line victor to break for a 3-1 edge.

Williams took the first set against Navarro without issue at 6-3, but was broken on her first serve in the second set.

Sevastova, a quarter-finalist in NY also in 2016, said she was happy to see Sharapova playing again and that she felt no desire to prove a point on behalf of her peers. Now she's out, and Sevastova is in to the quarterfinals. But Williams broke her back and held serve, making it interesting. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service victor.

Shapovalov was trying to become the youngest male quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows since Andre Agassi in 1988, but he wasted a 5-2 lead and three set points in the opener, and finished with 55 unforced errors. "I wanted to close it so much".

In the men's draw, the spotlight has never been on Pablo Carreno Busta as it has been here but the 26-year-old Spaniard came through his latest test in emphatic style.

Standing just 170cm, Schwartzman is the shortest grand slam quarter-finalist since Peruvian Jaime Yzaga, who was the same height, made the last eight in NY in 1994, according to ATP officials.

"The biggest lesson is that I'm able to compete with these guys", Shapovalov said.

"Ultimately I can take a lot from this week".

Next on the schedule for Sharapova is the WTA event in Beijing at the end of September as she attempts to build her ranking to ensure direct entry into the 2018 Australian Open.

"I think Billie Jean King put it best", a beaming Williams told the crowd afterwards. She went out meekly to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter finals, winning only two games, but she left the impression that her talent should not be ignored.

She will now look for a spot in the semifinals against Sloane Stephens, who defeated No. 30 seed Julia Goerges in three sets Sunday. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon victor, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night. All four of Sharapova's matches were played on Ashe. He next faces either No. 16 Lucas Pouille or No. 29 Diego Schwartzman. He hit more winners (54 to Carreno Busta's 25).

"I don't know how many break points I had before I got the first one", Nadal said. "In the tie-breaks I just played ideal".

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