Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari has ended 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu’s 10-match unbeaten streak in the latest finish of an epic women’s singles match at the US Open, winning 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-3 to progress towards her second major quarterfinal of this season.
The match lasted an epic three hours and 30 minutes and both looked up for it but the World No.18 ultimately stole it from the Canadian’s feet. This match ended at 2:13 am Eastern Time which was the latest match ever finished with the previous record being set in 2016 by Madison Keys and Alison Riske, which ended at 1:46 a.m.
Un. Be. Lievable.
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This was a tense duel where Andreescu had the head to head advantage as she beat Sakkari in Miami. There was an exchange of breaks but they serve mostly dominated. The Canadian first broke the World No. 18’s serve but later Sakkari too came back to break her opponent’s serve.
After a 21 shot exchange, it led to a tiebreak which Andreescu won due to her opponent double-faulting. Sakkari ended up with 17 winners to 15 unforced errors, meanwhile, Andreescu hit 16 winners to 16 unforced errors for the set. Sakkari’s turning point came when she won a 20 shot exchange and she got set points at 6-3 but Andreescu fought back keeping it 6-6 during the tiebreak but the Greek came back to win it 8-6. In the last set, Andreescu took the early lead and broke the serve but Sakkari was no less and broke the Canadian’s serve too and made it 3-2. Andreescu had to take medical time out which made her struggle against her opponent and Sakkari played a disciplined game to hold her serve and closed the match with a break as she won a gruelling match.
Sakkari will face Karolina Pliskova next in the semi-finals and they have both faced together in the clay courts of Rome where both have exchanged wins.