Jamaica News: Third seed Serena Williams of United States preparations for the upcoming US Open have been dealt a blow after she was beaten by Maria Sakkari of Greece in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters in New York City on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Thirteenth seed Sakkari, had trailed by a set and a break before beating the American in three sets 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.
The Greek will face Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals of the joint Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament, moved from its traditional home in Cincinnati to New York due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Williams had started the match at pace, racing into a 5-2 lead after an early break of serve.
But Sakkari, facing the 23-time Grand Slam champion for the first time, rallied to close out an impressive win.
Konta, seeded eighth secured her place in the quarterfinals by defeating Russia’s Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-2.
In the men’s draw, world number one Novak Djokovic beat Tennys Sandgren of The United States to cruise into the last eight.
Djokovic showed no signs of the neck pain which troubled him in his third-round match with Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania as he won 6-2, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev is also through after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3.
But former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is out after he lost 6-2 6-2 to world number 30 Milos Raonic of Canada.
The Western and Southern Open is usually held in Cincinnati but was moved to Flushing Meadows to create a two-tournament safety bubble, which also includes the US Open, due to begin at the same venue next Monday, August 31.
The competition are an ATP Masters 1000 event and WTA Premier 5 tournament.