US Open updates: Leylah Fernandez upsets Angelique Kerber
Leylah Fernandez of Canada followed up on her loss to No.3 Naomi Osaka in style.
The 18-year-old Montrealer beat No.16 seed and three-time Grand Slam singles champion Angelique Kerber of Germany to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday, recovering from an inconsistent first set for get a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Fernandez, who is not a seed here, had a 4-2 lead in the first set, but Kerber won the last four games of the set and extended it in the second set to win seven of the eight games. But Fernandez, the daughter of an Ecuadorian father and a Canadian mother of Filipino descent, found her place and turned the tide by breaking Kerber’s serve to tie it at 4-4. In the tiebreaker, Fernandez took a 5-1 lead before Kerber – the 2016 US Open winner – managed to regroup. Fernandez had three chances to win the set before closing it.
The third set continued until Fernandez broke the score 3-2. Fernandez ended the game on his first match point, when Kerber scored a backhand.
Fernandez thanked her friends and family for bringing her back to earth after her Osaka upheaval. It was only the third round, they said. “You still have Angie Kerber. She’s a multiple Grand Slam champion and she’s a fighter, ”Fernandez remembers.
When asked where she got her calm from, Fernandez smiled. “Honestly, I don’t know,” she said. “I’m just trying to use all of my training from home.”
She will then face the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the fifth seed. “It’s going to be a tough game. She is a fighter. She returns a lot of balls, ”Fernandez said. “I’m just going to go out on the court and have fun, like I’ve been doing the last few days, and see how it goes.”
Reilly Opelka fined $ 10,000 for bag logo
Reilly Opelka is guaranteed to leave the US Open with $ 265,000 to reach the round of 16, and the No.22 seed will win more if he beats unranked Lloyd Harris on Monday. But part of the money from Opelka’s prize will be used to pay a fine of $ 10,000, he was sentenced for going to court for his match against Nikoloz Basilashvili on Saturday carrying a bag with a logo that rules the Grand Slams felt too big.
Opelka, a Michigan native who lives in Delray Beach, Florida and is ranked No. 24 in the world, wore a pink bag with a logo that read “Tim Van Laere Gallery”. According to its website, the gallery is located in Antwerp, Belgium, and features established and emerging contemporary artists.
Under obscure rules governing the display of sponsor logos by players, the size of the word characters on the bag was too large and Opelka was fined under Section C of the Grand Slam Code. He took to Twitter to publicize the bizarre punishment.
“Ticket sales for the US Open must be struggling this year. 10K for a pink bag, at least it looked like it was flying, ”he said on Twitter, adding a few emojis and the hashtag #corporate.
At a press conference on Saturday, he called the fine “a little harsh, a little excessive”. He added, “My job is not to measure logos. It just isn’t. My job is to win games. I have bigger things to fear. Let the referee tell me it’s my job to measure a logo, no, clearly not. This is his job. I’m trying to beat Basilashvili and make the knockout stages of a Grand Slam.
“Our prize money has been going down for over a year and a half now, but our fines have been increased. I don’t want to point fingers at other players, don’t try to throw someone under the bus. But there is. has had people who got away with a lot worse with a lot less fines.
“Do you want to take our cash prize away from us all the time?” I guess they are making up for lost ticket sales last year I guess. I would like it to be given elsewhere. We have had a few tragedies here in the United States in recent weeks. If they want to take 10K from me, you better not go to a big company. This is my thought.
The American Tennis Association. publishes a list of fines incurred at the Open for offenses such as racket abuse, uttering audible obscenities, receiving training and unsportsmanlike conduct. Opelka’s fine is the largest to date. Twenty male players were fined and four female players were fined.
Former world number one Andy Roddick suggested the gallery capitalize on the global exposure Opelka had provided. “The news stories that the big guy gets for this business with his $ 10,000 fine are worth it,” Roddick said on Twitter. “If I’m the company, I’ll pay the fine for him and ask him to take the bag back for the next game.”
Opelka is one of the four remaining Americans in the singles draw at the start of the fourth round. The others are Frances Tiafoe – who was due to face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime later on Sunday – Jenson Brooksby of Sacramento and Shelby Rogers, who upset No.1 girl Ash Barty on Saturday night. Brooksby, 20, is the youngest American to reach the round of 16 since Roddick did so in 2002 at age 20.
American Jack Sock’s attempt to reach the fourth round came to an end on Saturday night when a leg injury forced him to abandon his match against German Alexander Zverev, number 4. Zverev advanced, 3 -6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-1 (retired).
“I think Jack played the best game of tennis that I have ever seen him play. I made a direct mistake throughout the set and lost it 6-3 without really having a chance, ”said Zverev. “If he had continued I probably wouldn’t have won the game … When he gets injured, it’s a shame because otherwise it would have been an incredible game, I think.
Elina Svitolina extends winning streak with victory over Simona Halep
No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine extended her winning streak to nine games with an authoritative 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 12 Simona Halep of Romania on Sunday. Svitolina, the first woman to reach the quarter-finals, has not lost a set here.
Halep did well to go this far. She missed the French Open and Wimbledon with a torn calf muscle, and she wasn’t as fit as she knew she would need to be to go far at the US Open . Still, she found reasons to be optimistic.
“When you don’t have a lot of matches, you’re always a little stressed before the game. But overall I think I’ve done a good job here, and I’m looking forward to some positive thoughts,” she declared.
“I’m positive about the way I played, how I feel. No pain, no injury. So that’s the most important thing. Now I need a little rest and think a little about what to do best next time against her because it’s always been a tough game with her. But, yeah, it’s only fitting that she had a better chance today because she played so much this year and she had very high confidence. So yeah, I think it was a good day.
Halep also said she would normally play the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells – which has been postponed to October this year for pandemic-related reasons – but she will consult with her team and see how she feels before deciding whether to participate in.
Botic Van de Zandschulp continues an impressive run with the surprise of No.11 seed Diego Schwartzman
Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp, who had to go through qualifying to secure a place in the US Open main draw, continued his impressive run here by beating No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3 , 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Van de Zandschulp, 25, is ranked 117th in the world. Schwartzman, who reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2017 and 2019, is ranked 14th.
Van de Zandschulp had lost the opening set in each of their qualifying matches and each of their opening three main draw matches here. He changed that by winning the first two sets against Schwartzman, but struggled to stop Schwartzman’s comeback attempt.
Van de Zandschulp wasted two match points in Game 10 of the fourth set and two more in Game 7 of the fifth set before serving an ace at 125 mph and seeing Schwartzman score a forehand after four hours and 19 minutes.
Asked during a field interview about the reception given to his success, Van de Zandschulp smiled. “I have to say I think before the tournament nobody expected me to reach the quarter-finals,” he said. “I think they are amazed and hopefully proud.”
His quarter-final opponent will be number 2 seed Daniil Medvedev, who beat number 24 Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.