New York (AP) – For Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, the US Open in New York ended surprisingly early. The number two seeded tennis player from the USA had to admit defeat to Belgian Elise Mertens 3: 6, 3: 6 and was eliminated in the round of 16.
Mertens, who eliminated Fed Cup player Laura Siegemund in the first round, is now in the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, just like last year.
There she will meet Belarusian Victoria Asarenka on Wednesday, who defeated Czech Karolina Muchova 5: 7, 6: 1, 6: 4. Before that, top favorites Serena Williams and the Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa had already qualified for the quarterfinals in the bottom half of the tournament.
“I shed a few tears in the locker room,” admitted Kenin after her defeat. “I’ll stay here in New York for a few days and relax a bit, and then I look forward to the clay tournaments in Europe.” She will play both the Masters event in Rome and the French Open in Paris, the 21-year-old announced. Williams had previously left their participation in the French Open open from September 27. Australian Ashleigh Barty, who was already missing in New York, also canceled the clay court classic at Roland Garros.
In the men category, last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev underlined his excellent form. The 24-year-old Russian left American Frances Tiafoe at 6: 4, 6: 1. 6-0 has no chance. Last year, Medvedev had lost in five sets to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a first-class final. In the quarterfinals, Medvedev now faces a duel with his fellow countryman Andrei Rublev. The Russian defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 3.
After the disqualification for world number one Novak Djokovic, Medvedev is hoping for his first title in a Grand Slam tournament. This also applies to the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Number two on the seeding list was just as strong as Medvedev and outclassed Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime with 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 1, 6: 1. Thiem now meets Australian Alex de Minaur.