US OPEN: Sakkari beats Andreescu to set up Q/F clash with Pliskova

Maria Sakkari came from a set down to beat Bianca Andreescu in a gruelling encounter and reach her first US Open quarter-final. The 17th seed Greek beat Andreescu 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in a match that lasted three and a half hours.

The game was the latest finish in US Open women’s singles history, finishing at 02:15 New York time. Sakkari will play Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.

“I knew that I lost the first set because I was doing some things wrong. I was not very brave. So I had to change that,” Sakkari said to reporters at the end of the game. However, she admitted that she expected to have a tough game against Andrescu who won the US Open in 2019.

“I was prepared for 7-6 in the third. But you know, if it comes easier then I’ll take it. I knew it was going to be a very tough match. [Andreescu] loves this court, her best memories.”

In other games, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic beat 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek to reach the quarter-finals. The 24-year-old Swiss won the first-set tie-break to set up a 7-6 (14-12) 6-3 win over the seventh-seeded Pole.

The first set lasted for one hour 24 minutes – which is longer than the entire Adelaide Open final that Swiatek and Bencic contested earlier this year. She will play Britain’s Emma Raducanu next after the 18-year-old beat American Shelby Rogers.

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