Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sharapova battles past Cirstea to set up Ostapenko clash

Sharapova battles past Cirstea to set up Ostapenko clash

Kyrgios was down a set and 3-0 in the second when official Mohamed Lahyani climbed down from his seat and went over to speak to the player - something rarely, if ever, seen during a professional tennis match.

Sharapova, the 2006 champion at Flushing Meadows, coughed up 10 double faults as she got off to a slow start on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Her shots weren't finding the court, her first serve was unreliable, and she struck 40 unforced errors and 10 winners on the match. The two have only played once before, on the clay in Rome, where Sharapova won in a tight three-setter, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

The beginning of the second set was messy. Just when she had things together, they fell apart with three consecutive unforced errors that gave Sharapova an out.

This won't go down as one of the more memorable ties, but the 6-3 6-2 victory serves as a reminder that the five-time Grand Slam champion is still capable of going toe-to-toe with the best.

Wozniacki was beaten by Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in a straight set 6-4 6-2.

From the start, the second set seemed like a different match.

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Tournament referee Brian Earley says Lahyani took the unusual step of climbing out of his chair to speak with Kyrgios "to make sure he could communicate effectively" because of noise in the arena.

He feels at home in NY, where scores of Asians root for him, no matter the court or time of match, and he made a return trip to the semifinals in 2016.

She will play Aryna Sabalenka in the next round after the 26th seed defeated fifth seed Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1.

After an unusual visit from the chair umpire, Nick Kyrgios turned around his match and won it to reach the U.S. Open's third round.

"I want to help you", Lahyani could be heard saying. In the first round, she faced Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, the oldest qualifier in Grand Slam history.

Ostapenko's exit left only four of the top 13 women's seeds in the draw. In four appearances at Flushing Meadows, he has one loss in the first round, two in the second, and one in the third.

Naomi Osaka also reached the quarterfinals Monday, only the second time in the professional era that a Japanese man and woman reached that round at the same Grand Slam event. She showed some of it in the seventh saving three break points from the 22nd seed before getting the win on a second long ball return.

In another game that lasted nearly ten minutes, Cirstea overcame three break points but in the fourth chance, Sharapova prevailed after the Romanian hit a double fault to equalize the set to 4-4.

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