NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all local times): 2:05 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Petra Kvitova erased a pair of match points and converted her fourth to edge Garbiñe Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) in a showdown between two great champions.
Kvitova reached her first US Open quarter-final since 2017.
She kept coming back – after losing the first set, after leading 5-2 in the third, after being within a point of losing twice at 6-5.
Here’s how close this one was: Kvitova won 109 points overall, Muguruza 108.
It took the tiebreaker of the new format to determine the winner. The four Grand Slam tournaments have agreed to adopt a uniform system this year, with the women’s third rounds of matches and the men’s fifth rounds decided by a first-to-10, win-by-two formula; the US Open used to have the more traditional first-to-seven setup.
Kvitova, a left-hander who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, overcame 12 double faults with 14 aces and 50 winners in total. She improved to 6-1 against No.9 seed Muguruza, the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion.
No. 21 Kvitova will face the winner of the match between No. 8 Jessica Pegula and qualifier Yuan Yue on Monday for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Serena Williams is gone from the US Open, but the show must go on.
The third round is set to end on Saturday at Flushing Meadows, with Grand Slam champions such as Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek in action on the night.
Two other owners of multiple major titles will kick things off in the morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium when Garbiñe Muguruza takes on Petra Kvitova.
On Friday night, Williams – by far the biggest star of Week 1 at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year – lost what should be the last game of his career. Ajla Tomljanovic beat her 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The first match at Ashe on Saturday is scheduled to start at noon EDT, with No. 8 seed Jessica Pegula of the United States taking on Yuan Yue of China.
They will be followed by No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz, who is 19, against unseeded American Jenson Brooksby, who is 21.
On the night, Nadal takes a 17-0 head-to-head record against Richard Gasquet in Ashe, while top-ranked Swiatek meets American Lauren Davis in Armstrong.
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