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US Open : Day 6 Highlights

Sep 1 (TruthDive) : Saturday was another day of upsets in the Women’s side in the US Open after 4 of the top eight seeds were knocked out on Friday while the men went about their routine with no major upsets.

World No 1 and last four years’ finalist in the US open, Djokovic, moved to the fourth round of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over American  Querrey. This was the consecutive 8th year that the World no 1 was qualifying for the last 16.

It was the turn of 3rd seed Kvitova to be sent packing off the tournament which has seen the likes of 2nd seed Simona Halep, 4th seed Agnieszka, 6th seed Angelique Kerber and 8th seed Ana Ivanovic lose their matches to opponents much lower in their rankings, seeding and experience in the professional arena.

Kvitova lost her match against 21-year old Aleksandra Kruniv from Serbia thus leaving only 3 seeds in the women’s division playing in the last 16. It has been a hell of an unpredictable tournament where seed after seed has been losing their match to the most unexpected opponents.

Five-time US champion Serena Williams who has failed to reach the quarter final in all the three Grand Slams this year, avoided being one of the seeds to bite dust, by defeating fellow American Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3 to march forward to the fourth round.

This makes Serena the last American to be left playing in the tournament which started with 12 men and 17 women in the main draw. She herself sent three of her country compatriots packing off the tournament.

The semi-finalist of the last three slams and one of the most followed players in the circuit, Eugiene Bouchard avoided being the sixth seed to move out of the tournament by fighting her way against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to win 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.

One of the last two Americans in the men’s side , John Isner who was the 13th seed, played splendidly hitting 42 aces in his match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber but still ended up losing 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4).  It needs to be noted that the American did not lose his serve even once during the match but still ended up on the losing side.

Andy Murray came back strongly after losing the third set to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov to win in four sets 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to set up a fourth round match against the big serving Tsonga.