Friday, June 9, 2023

US OPEN: Kyrgios ends Medvedev’s reign; Gauff enters quarter finals

Nick Kyrgios ended Daniil Medvedev’s defence of the US Open title as he earned a thrilling four-set win on an entertaining night in New York, while American 12th seed Coco Gauff battled hard to edge out Chinese veteran Zhang Shuai to reach the women’s singles last eight.
The 27-year-old Australian demonstrated all of his shot-making – and propensity for creating drama – in a 7-6 (13-11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 win in the last 16.
Medvedev, 26, will lose his ranking as world number one after the defeat, BBC reported.
Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios goes on to play another Russian, 27th seed Karen Khachanov, in the quarter-finals.
Khachanov reached his third Grand Slam quarter-final by outlasting Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in a 4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3 win.
“It was an amazing match. Daniil is the defending champion and a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but I’ve been playing great recently,” said 23rd seed Kyrgios, who will move back into the world’s top 20 after the win.
“People were really starting to doubt my ability to pull out matches like this at majors. I’m really proud of myself because it hasn’t been easy dealing with all the criticism.”
Kyrgios has regularly demonstrated over the years he has the talent to win one of the major tournaments, but said he had been in some “really scary places mentally” which had stopped his progress.
Reaching the Wimbledon final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic, showed he had figured out what he needed to do on and off court to be successful.
His form has been transferred to the North American hard courts – winning the Washington title and now going further at Flushing Meadows than before.
Gauff edged out Zhang 7-5, 7-5 for a spot in the women’s singles quarterfinals and will fight for a semifinal berth against France’s Caroline Garcia, who beat America’s Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-4, 6-1, the report said.
Zhang, 33, extended her US Open stay by reaching the mixed doubles quarterfinals just hours later as she teamed up with Croatia’s Mate Pavic to beat American pair Madison Keys and Bjorn Fratangelo 6-4, 6-2.
They will meet Japan’s Ena Shibahara and Franko Skugor of Croatia in the quarterfinals.


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