Serena through to last 16 as fresh controversy hits US Open
Serena Williams battled into the US Open last 16 Saturday as the tournament endured fresh controversy after New York health officials ordered the women’s top doubles pairing be withdrawn over coronavirus restrictions.
Williams, chasing a record equalling 24th Grand Slam title, came from a set down to oust 2017 champion Sloane Stephens 2 6, 6 2, 6 2, in what she called an “intense” encounter on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“In that first set I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was just playing so clean and I just said, ‘I don’t want to lose in straight sets,'” said Williams.
With spectators barred from this year’s Flushing Meadows event due to the coque chantier huawei p8 lite 2017 pandemic, second and fourth seeds coque iphone x xs bayern de munich football club 19 Sofia Kenin and Naomi Osaka coque iphone xr sexy girl roller took advantage of suites they have been assigned to check out the competition.
“It’s coque iphone 6 7 8 plus chloe morello perfectly flawless foundation cool us players can watch each other. It’s interesting, I like it,” said Williams, who will play 15th seed Maria Sakkari for a place in the quarter finals.
The Greek player, who stunned Williams at the Western Southern Open last month, progressed with a 6 3, 6 1 dismantling of America’s 22nd seed Amanda Anisimova.
Off the court, number one seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos were yanked from the women’s doubles competition after Mladenovic was hockey and tacos vintage coque iphone 11 instructed to quarantine for coming in contact coque iphone 6 7 8 plus off white nike air with French compatriot Benoit Paire, who tested positive for COVID 19 last weekend.
“All persons who were identified as having prolonged close contact with the infected player will coque iphone 6 7 8 plus wolf of wall street usa flag quarantine in their rooms for the remainder of their quarantine period,” the United States Tennis Association said in a statement.
“The USTA is obligated to adhere to government guidance at history teacher by day world s coque huawei p8 lite 2017 bouledogue createst mom by night t shirt coque iphone 11 the State, City and County level,” the body said.
A spokesman for New York state’s health department said the decision was “in the best interest” of health and safety.
But France’s Alize Cornet described the move as coque iphone 6 7 8 plus joker art “very brutal.”
“It’s definitely weird because she could play her first round of singles and first round of doubles, and now suddenly she’s kicked out,” Cornet added, after progressing to the last 16 when Madison Keys retired injured.
The shock intervention came a day after government officials tried to prevent Adrian Mannarino, who had also been in contact with Paire, from playing his last 32 match.
The health department contacted the USTA to say Mannarino should be quarantining in his hotel room.
Mannarino and Mladenovic were two of 11, mostly French players, put under enhanced safety protocols on Monday after batman wallpaper iphone 595 Paire was withdrawn from the US Open amazon coque iphone 7 7032antenpascher3465 the previous day following coque iphone x xs fleurs 4 his positive test.
Following her first round singles win on Monday, Mladenovic said she had been “living coque iphone 7 couple amoureux 7032antenpascher2065 in a nightmare” following Paire’s positive test result.
The US Open is taking place behind closed doors because coque huawei p20 pro marvel avril lavigne photo signature l0988 coque samsung coque huawei p9 lite brillant pailette galaxy s20 s20 5g of the deadly pandemic.
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Back on the court Saturday, Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev, Italy’s sixth seed Matteo Berrettini and Andrey Rublev, all entered the last 16 with easy three set wins.
Second seed Dominic Thiem also progressed to round four, overcoming 2014 champion Marin Cilic 6 2, 6 2, 3 6, 6 3.
And Canada’s 94th ranked Vasek Pospisil shocked eighth seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Australia’s 21st seed Alex de Minaur upset 11th seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.
In the women’s draw, unranked Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, playing her first tournament in three years, knocked out 18th seed Donna coque iphone 7 le seigneur des anneaux 7032antenpascher2760 Vekic.
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