Place: Flushing Meadows, New York Dated: August 30-September 12
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World number one Ashleigh Barty fell in the third round of the US Open after Shelby Rogers made a stunning comeback in front of a boisterous New York crowd.
Wimbledon champion Barty held a 5-2 lead in the final set and served twice for the game, but home favorite Rogers struggled to get back into the race.
The world number 43 then pulled off the resulting tie-break to stun the seed 6-2 1-6 7-6 (7-5).
She will then face the British teenager Emma Raducanu.
Barty lacked rhythm in the first set but seemed to have found, if not his best form, enough to take him to the fourth round.
However, Rogers, aided by the crowd, pulled off a remarkable shooting performance to beat Barty for the first time in six attempts.
This is only Barty’s eighth loss in what has been a remarkable season.
“You guys control the tournament,” Rogers told the crowd.
“You were awesome and I didn’t want to leave. I just wanted to shoot balls and stay in the game.”
Barty wobbles on the home stretch
Barty had done all the hard work, overcoming a slow start to take control of the game, but her form once again gave her up as she served for a place in the final 16.
Despite the double break cushion, Barty looked tight as she served for the first time for the game, and a net forehand that put Rogers on the break caused a loud ‘go’ from the game. from his opponent and the crowd.
Rogers motioned for the crowd to make some more noise and they responded, aided by pushing Barty off in her own 30-30 serve game, and the American quickly created another breaking point opportunity in the next.
A trademark forehand from Barty kept her in the game but Rogers out of nowhere raised her level, and she was roared by the crowd as she made her way through 5-5.
The tie-break was a nervous affair at first, with both players missing routine shots as they tried to end points quickly, but it was Barty who blinked first.
The two exchanged a warm word and kissed at the net before a tearful Rogers soaked up the atmosphere and cheers from the crowd.
Barty is a pragmatic character but she will know she had this game on her racquet.
“It’s never nice when you have a few chances to serve a game and you can’t do it,” Barty said. “Six on the third is brutal. It’s hard to swallow.
“I found a way to really turn it in my favor and I just couldn’t quite finish it. It’s disappointing, but we’ll move on.”
Barty also received warm support from the crowd as she recovered from a poor start that saw her serve four double faults to collapse early in the first set.
The Australian couldn’t find her radar, her forehand in particular, and she finished the first set with 17 unforced errors, against just seven winners.
Although she forced herself to return to some form, Rogers’ resilience – and Arthur Ashe’s mob – proved to be a step too far for Barty.
“[It’s] not a game that I will dwell on for too long in the sense that there are so many “what ifs”. The millimeters could have made a difference, ”Barty said.
“You accept that in tennis. I just didn’t have enough, physically or mentally, in the tank. But that’s okay. I’ll sleep well tonight knowing that I gave everything I could. It just wasn’t enough.
“I feel like the Slams, you’re getting ready and then there’s a reset. We’re resetting now. We’re going back to the drawing board, figure out what we want to do for the rest of the season.”
Andreescu and Pliskova advance
Earlier, 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu only needed 67 minutes to ward off lucky loser Greet Minnen and reach the fourth round of the US Open.
Canada’s sixth seed, recovering from a long-term knee injury, beat the Belgian 6-1 6-2.
The 21-year-old has now won her last 10 main draw games in New York.
She faces an intriguing round of 16 match against the Roland-Garros semi-finalist Maria sakkari after the Greek beat an uneven Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-3.
Czech 10th seed Kvitova made 34 unforced errors against just 16 winners as she struggled for consistency.
Sakkari and Andreescu last met at the Miami Open in April, with the Canadian pulling off a third set tie-break in a match that ended at 1:30 a.m. local time.
wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova simplified his meeting with Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
The fourth seed from the Czech Republic, a 2016 Flushing Meadows finalist, took just over an hour to win 6-3 6-2.
Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic also reached the fourth round with a 6-2 6-4 victory over American Jessica Pegula.
Swiss Bencic, Roland-Garros champion last year Iga swiatek then after the Pole beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3 4-6 6-3.
Swiatek is the only WTA player to reach week two of each Grand Slam in 2021.