A neck damage pressured Madison Keys to retire from her match in opposition to Alize Cornet, whereas Sofia Kenin booked her spot within the US Open final 16 levels with a win over Ons Jabeur.
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- Last Updated: September 6, 2020, 3:45 PM IST
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Seventh seed Madison Keys retired from her third-round conflict with France’s Alize Cornet early within the second set with a neck damage.
The 25-year-old American was trailing 7-6(4) 3-2 when she shook her head and informed the Frenchwoman and the umpire she couldn’t proceed.
The 2017 finalist at Flushing Meadows, had a medical timeout between units and known as for help once more in the course of the second, the place the coach massaged her neck and shoulder.
Keys struggled to boost her arms above her shoulder in the course of the second set and grimaced each time she hit the ball.
“I might see firstly of the second set that she was in actual ache and she or he isn’t the kind of woman who retires simply so she will need to have been in actual ache,” Cornet stated.
However, with this win, the Frenchwoman superior to the fourth spherical for the primary time in New York.
She faces Tsvetana Pironkova within the fourth spherical after the Bulgarian toppled 18th-seed Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1.
Jabeur, ranked 31 on the earth, broke to take a 4-2 lead within the opening set, however the American instantly responded with a break of her personal earlier than grabbing the early benefit within the contest through a tiebreak.
Kenin, got here into the conflict at Louis Armstrong Stadium with a 4-1 report over Jabeur, switched gears firstly of the second set.
Playing excellent tennis from the baseline, she went 2-Zero up earlier than Jabeur broke again, however the 21-year-old raised her sport as soon as once more and held agency to shut out the win.
Kenin, who stated she had been feeling some stress after her Melbourne triumph, had misplaced in straight units in her solely warm-up occasion earlier than the U.S. Open.
“After Australia it (stress) clearly acquired to me in a method however I regrouped… and I really feel like I’m simply enjoying higher,” Kenin stated in a courtside interview.
Up subsequent for Kenin is Belgian Elise Mertens, who pushed her to 3 units of their earlier assembly in Wuhan final yr.
“It was a dramatic match. It was shut and I received by like three factors within the third-set tiebreak so it should be powerful… she’s acquired an enormous serve, massive sport,” Kenin stated.
Earlier, Elise Mertens dispatched Caty McNally 7-5, 6-1 to march into the fourth spherical.
(With inputs from Reuters)