Petra Martic is the primary participant into the fourth spherical at this yr’s U.S. Open.
The No. 8-seeded Martic made it that far at Flushing Meadows for the second yr in a row, advancing Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Varvara Gracheva.
Gracheva merely made too many errors, with 33 unforced errors — thrice as many as Martic.
As Gracheva’s deficit grew bigger and bigger, she knew greater than anybody that it’s by no means over till it’s over: Within the earlier spherical, she trailed No. 30 Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 5-1 and confronted 4 match factors earlier than coming all the best way again to win.
There was no such turnaround this time.
Martic now will attempt to get to the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her profession after reaching that stage ultimately yr’s French Open.
She has misplaced her different six fourth-round matches at main tournaments, together with towards Serena Williams on the U.S. Open in 2019.
Previous champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are amongst these scheduled to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium later Friday.
Osaka will face Marta Kostyuk to start the day session within the match’s predominant enviornment.
The highest-seeded Djokovic will carry a 28-match profitable streak, together with 25-0 this season, into his evening match towards Jan-Lennard Struff.
After rain Thursday evening suspended play on the courts and not using a roof, the climate is a lot better — sunny with the temperature round 80 levels Fahrenheit (somewhat above 25 Celsius).
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