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Alcaraz tops Brooksby to reach fourth round at U.S. Open Top-seeded Sakkari reaches semifinals at Parma Ladies Open Sakkari through to Parma Open quarterfinals; Stephens loses

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NEW YORK. Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest person since Pete Sampras in 1989 and 1990 to reach a fourth straight round of the US Open. 19-year-old Alcaraz knocked out Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals last year at the age of 18.

Alcaraz was down 3-0 in the third set until they won six games in a row to take the lead and overtake Brooksby. Brooksby was 20 last year when he advanced to the fourth round, where Novak Djokovic eliminated him in four sets.

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Alcaraz, always fussy, on the move appeared to have torn a pair of sneakers and needed a change of shoes during the match. He gave another pair of sneakers to the fans in honor of the victory.

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Alcaraz moves forward to play the winner of the Marin Cilic vs Daniel Evans match.

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PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semi-final since the grass season.

Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.

In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Siu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.

In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).

PARMA, Italy – First-place finisher Maria Sakkari beat Arancia Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parma Ladies Open.

Sakkari, who accepted a late card wild card for the red clay court tournament, played in her first tournament since losing to Wang Siyu in the second round of the US Open.

The Greek will play Marina Zanevskaya from Belgium, who beat Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.

Fourth-placed Sloane Stevens of the United States, the 2017 US Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

However, there will be an American in the final eight as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. Sorribes Tormo eliminated runner-up Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the first round.

Davis will face Mayar Sheriff after the Egyptian defeated Simone Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).

In addition, Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu, who placed third, overtook Italy’s Matilda Paoletti 6:4, 6:4 to advance to the quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan, who placed sixth, who beat Anna Karolina Shmidlova 6:2, 3:6. 6-3.



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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