Rogers bombshell, which eliminates Barty, number one

Shelby Rogers gave American fans the second joy of the day at the US Open, after Jenson Brooksby eliminating Aslan Karatsev and he will face Djokovic in the second round. The only local player left in the women’s draw, save the honor of his country with the most important victory of his career, which also tasted twice as good because it was against the number one in the world, Ashleigh Barty, and because she had not managed to overcome the Australian in her five matches, four of them this year. The sixth time was the charm. And that he lost in the third set 5-2. In the end he won by 6-2, 1-6 and 7-6 (5) at 2:08. It will be seen in the round of 16, a round that reaches the British Emma Raducanu in the tournament for the second consecutive year.

At 28 years old, Rogers, badly punished by injuries, deserved a victory like this and sought it with the unusual faith of someone who has nothing to lose. Against the best player on the planet, who came from being a champion at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, with 42 victories in the bag and five titles in 2021, Shelby took everything she had to star in one of the best comebacks of the US Open so far . In August of last year it was outside the top-100 and is now 43rd in the ranking.

Sakkari, Andreescu, Bencic, Swiatek and Pliskova pass

There were no surprises for the rest of the day, apart from the relative one due to the elimination of Pera Kvitova, 10th favorite, at the hands of the 17th, Maria Sakkari. The Greek won 6-3, 6-4 in 1:21 and thus achieved her eighth victory of the season against a top-20. The Czech was the player with the most Grand Slams triumphs of those who remained in the competition and could not with Sakkari, who reaches the eighth for the second consecutive year. Bianca Andreescu will be measured, after the Canadian, champion in 2019 and well recovered after her long absences since confinement in 2020, beat Belgian Greet Minnen without difficulties (6-1 and 6-2 in 67 minutes). Since he did not participate in 2020, Andreescu has 10 wins in a row at Flushing Meadows.

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Karolina Pliskova, who was in the water up to her neck in the second round against the American Amanda Anisimova, recovered to beat the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2 in 71 minutes. The Czech, who has a very favorable face-to-face with the Australian (6-1), had just made her personal record for aces in that dramatic match on Thursday and this time she added 20. She will face the winner of the match in the second round. faces the Russians Gracheva and Pavlyuchenkova.

The Swiss Belinda Bencic, Olympic champion, passed over, with more ease than expected, the American Jessica Pegula (6-2 and 6-4 in 74 minutes). Bencic had won precisely in Tokyo, in their last match, and repeated in New York, to the misfortune of the local fans. The Swiss only lost their serve once and so far this tournament has yielded two. It will be measured on Monday with the Polish Iga Swiatek, who suffered again to advance, this time against Estonian Anett Kontaveit, whom she won 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 in 2:17. Swiatek is the first Pole to reach the fourth round of the tournament in the last five years.

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