Venus Shuts Down Serena Baby Questions; Muguruza v Kvitova Looms at US Open
by Staff | September 2nd, 2017, 12:28 am

Two Grand Slam champions won third-round matches on Friday at the US Open to set up a blockbuster fourth round with No. 1 ranking implications.

No. 3-seeded Garbine Muguruza continued her torrid run through the draw, beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1, while No. 13 Petra Kvitova continued her fine form, beating No 18 Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-4.

“Tough match, actually,” said Muguruza of facing Kvitova. “I think she’s an incredible player. It’s going to be interesting. It’s a good fourth round to play. We played before and I won, she won, so I’m expecting a good match.”

Kvitova agrees.

“I know her pretty well,” the Czech said. “We played a few times already, last time in Beijing. She has a great game. She has a good confidence right now, as well. I think she’s really going for the shots and playing her best, for sure. It’s nice to play someone who won a Grand Slam this year. I’m really looking forward for the big stage and for that match.”

They will face off in Muguruza’s ongoing campaign to take the No. 1 ranking from Karolina Pliskova by the end of the US Open.

With Muguruza’s win, she moved ahead of Simona Halep for the top spot and also eliminated Venus Williams from the running. Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, both playing Saturday, can still chase her down.

Two Americans moved into the fourth round Friday when No. 9 Venus Williams defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-4, and Sloane Stephens beat Aussie Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-4.

“She’s tricky to play because she does a lot of different things,” Stephens said of Barty. “I was happy that through everything that she kind of gave to me, I was able to just stay consistent and play my game.”

Venus refused to answer questions about her sister Serena’s new baby during her post-match conference, asking that questions be relegated to tennis.

“My best tennis this year has come at the majors,” Venus said. “I don’t play nearly as much as some of my contemporaries, but this year when I have played, it’s definitely been quality tennis. That’s exactly what I want, and obviously to play my best tennis at the Big 4.”

Williams will next meet unseeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Stephens will meet the No. 30-seeded Julia Goerges, who cruised past Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-3.

In the final night match Maria Sharapova defeated American Sofia Kenin in a battle of wildcards 7-5, 6-2. The 18-year-old Kenin, who was born in Russia and moved to Florida, played Sharapova tough early on, but couldn’t maintain her form late.

The Russian in the next round will meet No 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-3.

Saturday highlights at the US Open include (1) Karolina Pliskova vs. (27) Shuai Zhang, (10) Aggie Radwanska vs. (20) CoCo Vandeweghe, (15) Madison Keys vs. (17) Elena Vesnina, and (4) Elina Svitolina vs. Shelby Rogers.

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6 Comments for Venus Shuts Down Serena Baby Questions; Muguruza v Kvitova Looms at US Open

Margot Says:

Really good to see Petra getting some form. When she’s on…wow, just wow!
However, my money is still on Garbine, on hard anyway.

Colin Says:

The article says Venus wanted questions to be “relegated” to tennis. If that was what Venus said, she can’t speak English. If it’s the writer misreporting, then the writer can’t write English. Which is it? On past form I’d be inclined to think the latter was at fault.

skeezer Says:

Sharapova vs Woz…’s on!
“When you look on center court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence and performance-enhancing drugs and then all of a sudden gets to play every single match on center court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do,” Wozniacki told Ekstrabladet TV of Denmark.
Via AP.

t4t Says:

Woz, Bouchard etc are consumed with jealousy! Ha ha!

BBB Says:

Eh, I see Woz’s point. She ended up playing on court 17 or whatever. On the other hand, Sharapova has won the tournament, which Woz has not.

Meanwhile, we in the U.S. are being subjected to Dick Vitale during the US Open coverage. It is a violation of my 8th amendment rights to be subjected to this guy in September.

skeezer Says:

Re: Vitale
Agreed! Ugh.

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