Germany’s Angelique Kerber sophisticated to the final sixteen of the US Open with a six-three, six-four victory above twenty-yr-outdated American Ann Li at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday. Meanwhile, 4th seed Naomi Osaka was manufactured to do the job tricky for her win by 18-yr-outdated Ukraine player Marta Kostyuk.
Osaka defeated Kostyuk six-three, six-seven(four), six-two. The Japanese fourth seed looked out of kinds in the 2nd set tiebreaker but regrouped to safe the victory in the determining set right after two hrs and 33 minutes towards an 18-yr-outdated who was creating her U.S. Open principal draw debut.
Osaka, whose left leg was heavily taped right after struggling a hamstring damage that forced her to withdraw from the last of a tune-up occasion final week, wasted tiny time in the decider as she went up a double break in advance of serving out the match at like.
The two-occasions Grand Slam champion will encounter both Estonian 14th seed Anett Kontaveit or Polish 24th seed Magda Linette in the fourth round.
Kerber eases into Round of sixteen
Kerber, a 3-occasions Grand Slam champion who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2016, converted 4 break factors although Li — who is ranked 128 in the planet — was allow down by 28 unforced mistakes.
Li did on the other hand give a fantastic account of herself, taking hazards with some highly effective forehand winners that caught the 17th seed Kerber off guard, but the 32-yr-outdated German dictated perform on the essential factors and was broken only when in the contest.
Kerber will upcoming encounter both France’s Caroline Garcia, who knocked out major seed Karolina Pliskova in the 2nd round, or American Jennifer Brady.