Sharapova's US Open night-mare


Sharapova tried to fight back, missed another game point in the final game but failed a couple of routine backhands while Suárez Navarro converted on her first match point with the same smart, outstanding play that brought her there, and sealed the win striking her 20th victor of the match.

Asked what the most disappointing aspect of her game was, the five-time major champion said: "I think not being able to consistently put up the level from one match to another, stringing obviously in a span of hopefully a total of seven matches during a grand slam".

Maria Sharapova, of Russian Federation, waits for Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, to serve during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in NY.

"I think it was some type of heat illness or something like that", Tsurenko said.

The loss marks the first time that Sharapova - the former World No. 1 who won the U.S. Open in 2006 - has failed to reach the quarterfinal round since 2012.

- Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Maria Sharapova on her 30th birthday, erasing the memory of her loss past year to Venus Williams which put a dampener on her 29th birthday. "I really enjoyed this crowd, this unbelievable night session", Suárez Navarro said.

"You don't know where you're going to end up". You've exclusively a dream.

She was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round.

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"If you don't have belief, it's your choice to not continue that", she said.

'If I didn't have the belief to keep doing this and to keep having the motivation and the grind of doing this every day in order to get myself in these positions, I don't think I would be here. "I have the character inside, sometimes I have to show more but, well, I'm working on that". "Thank you so much guys", Suarez Navarro said courtside after being wished happy birthday by the crowd. This is the way that I can play really good tennis.

Sabalenka saved three match points in the final game and had a chance to hold for 5-5 only to double fault on Osaka's fourth opportunity.

The Spanish 30th seeed took advantage of an error-prone Sharapova to secure a 6-4 6-3 victory.

Vondrousova accused Tsurenko of putting on an act, but the Ukrainian insisted her struggles were real, saying: "I don't know what to say".

"I am really glad I got the win", said Keys after reaching her third Grand Slam quarter-final of the season. "My win against Garbiñe Muguruza in Cincinnati and some victories there gave me the confidence that I can play well".

Those traumatic days have long since given way to one of sport's most powerful rags-to-riches stories that has seen Sharapova earn a personal fortune estimated to be in the region of US$200 million. "By chances, I mean the balls that were a little bit shorter". Keys punched her ticket to the quarterfinals on Monday with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 35 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.