US Open 2017: Classy Petra Kvitova topples third seed Garbine Muguruza

US Open 2017: Classy Petra Kvitova topples third seed Garbine Muguruza

Javier Howell
September 4, 2017

"It is complicated when she hits lots of aces, or just strong serves", Muguruza said.

- Russian wild card Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the fourth round after losing 5-7 6-4 6-2 to Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Third-seeded Muguruza needed only 62 minutes to dispatch Slovakian 31st seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to continue her best US Open run and take command of the fight for women's world number one. Garcia, in contrast, has played 52 matches in 2017. You know, great for her.

"Pretty good performance from her", said Muguruza, who still has a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time after the tournament, depending on other players' results the rest of the way.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov is the youngest man to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round since Michael Chang was 17 in 1989.

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Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has set up a fascinating last-16 US Open tie with two-time Grand Slam victor Petra Kvitova after downing Magdalena Rybarikova. "I didn't come to the US Open to be number one. that wasn't really my goal".

The two-time Wimbledon victor, who has never progressed beyond the quarters at Flushing Meadows, will now face 37-year-old Venus Williams for a place in the semi-final. It was a vital hold, and she went on to break in the next and level the set at 4-4.

Sister Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and new aunt, confirmed reports of the birth before walking onto the court for her third-round match against Greece's 95th-ranked Maria Sakkari. If fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina fails to reach the semifinals and top-seeded Karolina Pliskova fails to reach the final, the top spot will be Muguruza's for the first time. "I know having these moments it's even better than before".

Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, 35, became the oldest player in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam last 16 for the first time by defeating countryman Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Neither of them has been great in NY, with Kvitova reaching the quarterfinals once, and this being Muguruza's first 4th Round.

The night feature on Ashe pits five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against 139th-ranked United States teen wildcard Sofia Kenin.