Osaka needs a third set again and the favorites do not fail

Victories for Martic, Kerber, Osaka, Putinseva and Brady on Friday's day in the women's draw. McNally surprised by eliminating Alexandrova.

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For the second time in three meetings at this US Open, Naomi Osaka (4th seeded in the tournament) needed the third set to close out her match. On this occasion, her rival was the Ukrainian Marta Mostyuk, barely 18 years old, who was very warrior during the two and a half hours of the game. Finally, the duel was resolved with a victory for the Japanese 6-3, 6-7 (4) and 6-2.

The champion of the tournament in 2018 asserted her effectiveness in the serve -despite her difficulty in getting first serves- saving seven of eight break balls that Mostyuk had in her favor. He even went crazy in the second set, throwing his racket to the ground. Osaka, who withdrew due to physical discomfort before playing the final at the Masters 1,000 in Cincinnati, continues to seek to regain her best feelings in a tournament in which she starts among the top favorites. In addition, the Japanese woman continued with her racial vindication campaign, wearing the names of murdered black people on her mask. In this case, it was Ahmaud Arbery's turn, shot while playing sports by a former police officer and his son.

The first two games of the morning shift at Louis Armstrong were resolved in a very similar way: the favorites dominated, and in less than an hour and a half they were back in the locker room after finishing their matches in two sets. First it was the Croatian Petra Martic (8th) against the Russian Varvara Gracheva. Martic, who made just 11 unforced errors in the game, beat Gracheva 6-3, 6-3, and returns for the second year in a row to the knockout stages of the US Open. Then it was the turn of Angelique Kerber, winner of the tournament in 2016, who repeated the script, defeating the local Ann Li 6-3, 6-4. A striking fact of the match was the number of winners for each player: 36 for the American, by 11 for the German.

Kerber will meet another North American player in the round of 16, this time it will be Jennifer Brady (28th). In front of her was Caroline Garcia, the Frenchwoman who eliminated Karolina Pliskova, the first seed in the women's team, in the second round. This time, Garcia could not repeat the victory, and saw how in an hour and a quarter Brady prevailed by a resounding 6-3 and 6-3. The 25-year-old American, very effective with her serve (10 aces), reaches the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the third time in her career. With more suffering advanced Yulia Putinseva (23rd), who had to overcome the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, number 106 of the WTA. Kazakhstan's team knew how to react, which ended up winning 3-6, 6-2 and 6-1, and will meet Petra Martic in the next match.

In the matches that were resumed this Friday after being suspended yesterday by rain, corresponding to the second round, there was the big surprise of the day. The American Catherine McNally, number 124 in the world, traced Ekaterina Alexandrova (21st seeded) her duel 4-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (2). At 18, McNally was better in a dramatic decisive tie-break to enter for the first time in his short career. Her rival in the third round will be Elise Mertens, who also beat Sara Sorribes today.

Results of the day.



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