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No. 1 Swiatek comes back at U.S. Open, faces No. 8 Pegula next Sakkari through to Parma Open quarterfinals; Stephens loses Sorribes Tormo beats 2nd-seeded Trevisan at Parma Open

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NEW YORK. Iga Swiatek covered her head with a white towel during one shift after falling a set and a break in the fourth round of the US Open. She kept making mistakes, rolling her eyes, then looking in the direction of her guest box.

Eventually, Swiatek corrected her hitting and started to play more like a top ranked player, advancing to her first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, coming back to defeat Jules Neumeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 in Louis Armstrong. Stadium.

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“I’m just proud,” Swiatek said, “that I didn’t lose hope.”

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In the next match, the 21-year-old from Poland will face another US Open quarter-finalist. It’s No. 8 seed Jessica Pegula, the top-ranked American who took the lead on Monday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in a match interrupted by rain for 45 minutes during Game 3. because the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium was not closed when the drizzle turned into a downpour.

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Pegula called it “a bit disappointing”, saying it was especially hard “at the start of the match when there’s no sense of what’s going on. You just sit in limbo, not knowing what to do.”

The US Tennis Association said in a statement that its “weather team” told US Open organizers that no rain was expected. The statement added: “Unfortunately, a pop-up solar shower has occurred.”

The other women’s fourth round matches on Monday were two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka against two-time Major finalist Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Arina Sobolenko against No. 19 Danielle Collins.

In the men’s competition, Andrey Rublev, No. 9, advanced to his sixth Grand Slam quarterfinal by defeating No. 7 Cam Norrie 6–4, 6–4, 6–4. Rublev advanced to his third quarter-final at Flushing Meadows; he is 0-2 at this stage in New York and 0-5 at all majors.

Rublev’s next opponent will be 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or 24-year-old American Francis Tiafoe. Other men’s matches scheduled for Monday include 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic vs. No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 11 Yannick Sinner vs. Ilya Ivashka.

Pegula, a 28-year-old New York native whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabers, played the last three games of Monday’s starting set, ending in a No. 21 Kvitova double fault, and then the last six games after falling behind 2:0 in the second.

This will be Pegula’s third appearance in a major quarter-final this season – and the third against a woman who was at the top of the rankings at the time. She lost to the now retired Ash Barty at the Australian Open, which Barty eventually won, then to Swiatek at the French Open, which Swiatek won, her second championship there.

“I just need to play within myself,” Pegula said, “and play smart and be present.”

Swiatek arrived in New York just 4-4 after ending a 37-match winning streak that saw her win six straight tournament titles. On Monday, she listened to her usual pre-match playlist – a mix of Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Gorillaz – and then went head-to-head against 108th-ranked Namer but reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in July. only in his second major tournament.

Niemeyer was better in the first set. Much better. Swiatek allowed only four winners and 13 unforced errors, broke twice and did not earn a single break point.

Back then, just winning the second set to even the score was a real struggle for Swiatek.

She broke early and fell behind 2-1 as she wrapped herself in a towel. She seemed to be talking to herself underneath him.

Whatever happened, Swiatek immediately turned the tide with a three-game streak and a 4-2 lead. Even getting a chance to serve in this set at 5-3, she double-faulted and closed the game.

On this sweltering afternoon, with temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 Celsius) and humidity above 50%, nothing seemed to come easy.

But Swiatek really broke back, helped by a wild right hand from Niemeyer, and let out a scream.

They went to the third set, and Swiatek completely corrected her performance: the number of unforced errors was one for her and 14 for Neumer. When it was over, Swiatek jumped up, landed an uppercut and shook her right fist.

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.

PARMA, Italy. Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-place Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Parma Ladies Open, marking the third straight first round loss for the French Open semi-finalist this year.

Third seed Irina-Kamelia Begu took the lead when Victoria Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.

Danka Kovinic defeated Ocean Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stevens.

Also on the red clay courts, Egypt’s Mayar Sheriff knocked out fifth-seeded Anna Bondar, 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated No. 7 Nuria Parrisas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilda Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by defeating Romanian Gabriela Li 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.


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