US Open 2022: A day after Greece star Stefanos Tsitsipas was knocked out in men’s singles 1st-round, his compatriot Maria Sakkari, who reached the semi-final in New York last year, was shown the door in the women’s singles 2nd round.
US Open 2022: Another top seed falls as Maria Sakkari knocked out in 2nd round (AP Photo)
- Maria Sakkari lost in 3 games to Wang Xiyu of China in the 2nd round
- Sakkari had reached the semi-final of US Open last year
- Ons Jabeur notched up the 40th win of her season
A day after Greece superstar and 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was knocked out in the first round in men’s singles at US Open 2022, his compatriot and women’s singles 3rd seed Maria Sakkari was shown the door in the 2nd round.
After defending champion Emma Raducanu, Maria Sakkari was part of a big upset at the US Open 2022 as she lost to unseeded Chinese player Wang Xiyu 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday, August 31.
Sakkari, a semi-finalist in New York last year, took charge in the early stages and marched into a one-set lead before being let down by a series of unforced errors as Wang claimed her first career victory over a top-10 player.
A moment to savor for Xiyu Wang!
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Despite Sakkari’s superior experience, Wang’s heavy hitting from the baseline came to the fore in the second set as she took a 5-3 lead before clinching it after a double-fault from Sakkari.
Both players matched each other in the decider but it was Wang who raised her game in the key moments, breaking Sakkari at 6-5 to take the win and reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
ONS THROUGH TO 3RD ROUND
Earlier in the day, 5th seed Ons Jabeur came up with a commanding performance to reach the women’s singles third round at US Open. Ons, who reached the finals of Wimbledon 2022, defeated American Elizabeth Mandlik, daughter of 1985 US Open champion, Hana Mandlikova 7-5, 6-2.
Having made good progress in 2022, Ons Jabeur will be determined to go past the 3rd round, where she has lost in each of the last three editions of the US Open. Jabeur has all the reasons to believe that she can go deep into the tournament in New York as she has notched up 40 wins this season, only second-best in women’s singles on the tour after World No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
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