Madison Keys shocked Iga Swiatek to maneuver into the Western and Southern Open quarter-finals, additional disrupting the world No 1’s preparations for the US Open.
Swiatek – who received her fiftieth match of the yr within the earlier spherical – saved 4 match factors however was removed from her finest in a 6-3 6-4 loss on Thursday, as she once more exited a second successive match occasion on the last-16 stage.
Keys, Cincinnati champion in 2019, had by no means taken a set off Poland’s Swiatek in two earlier conferences however the American was much more medical along with her highly effective returns and groundstrokes, breaking the world No 1 5 instances.
“I clearly had a few video games with a few match factors, however I am simply so completely happy to have the ability to get the win,” Keys mentioned after her first profession win over a world No 1. “The final time I performed her she beat me fairly badly, so I am fairly glad to get that one beneath my belt.”
Swiatek had complained concerning the tennis balls used within the ladies’s recreation within the American tournaments being totally different to those utilized by males, and towards Keys the highest seed made a number of unforced errors and was damaged twice within the opening set.
A bathroom break between units did little to assist Swiatek regain her composure as Keys put herself firmly within the driving seat as she raced to a 5-0 lead within the second set.
Serving to remain within the match, Swiatek saved two match factors and that impressed her to win the subsequent 4 video games as Keys made a number of errors, but it surely solely delayed the inevitable as Keys broke Swiatek to clinch victory with a forehand winner.
Keys will subsequent face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who beat Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-2, 6-4 to sail into the quarter-finals, whereas Wimbledon runner-up and fifth seed Ons Jabeur was knocked out by Czech Petra Kvitova.
Jabeur served poorly within the opening set with 4 double faults however the Tunisian put up a courageous battle within the second to take the match to a decider. Nonetheless, Jabeur wilted within the blazing sunshine and though she saved two match factors, Kvitova secured her place within the final eight.
Medvedev grinds down Shapovalov to succeed in final eight
World No 1 Daniil Medvedev wore down Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday to succeed in the Cincinnati quarter-finals forward of his US Open title defence.
Russian Medvedev suffered a jarring early exit from the Canadian Masters this month however overcame early errors on the tune-up match for the yr’s closing main, buying and selling breaks with Shapovalov earlier than breaking him once more within the eleventh recreation.
A annoyed Shapovalov acquired a warning for whacking his racket as Medvedev, who received the match in 2019, wrapped up the primary set. Medvedev dropped simply 4 first-serve factors within the second set and by no means confronted a break as Shapovalov saved 5 break factors earlier than dropping his serve within the penultimate recreation.
“The match was fairly tight, I felt prefer it was (a) nice degree,” Medvedev mentioned. “My objective was to remain there each level doable.”
He faces Taylor Fritz within the subsequent spherical, after the Indian Wells winner got here again from a set right down to beat Russian Andrey Rublev 6-7(4) 6-2 7-5 on Heart Court docket.
Rublev’s recreation deteriorated simply as Fritz discovered his type, the American breaking within the third and fifth video games of the second set and hitting a dozen winners, twice as many as his opponent. Fritz saved three break factors in a tense sixth recreation of the decider earlier than changing his personal break level within the eleventh.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas had few issues taking down Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3 in a bit of over 90 minutes after the Argentine served up 9 double faults.