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No. 3 Sakkari out as another top player falls at US Open

NY (AP) The final two womens champions were already out from the U.S. Open and today among last years semifinalists is fully gone.

Top players are falling fast in Flushing Meadows, and Serena Williams can topple another Wednesday night.

Hours before Williams was set to handle No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit, third-seeded Maria Sakkari was ousted 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 by Wang Xiyu of China in the next round.

Sakkari reached two Grand Slam semifinals this past year but has already established a hard time burning her success in 2022, acknowledging this week that she struggled to take care of an increased profile that was included with her rise to No. 3 in the rankings. She said some days she didnt enjoy tennis and didnt even need to get out of bed.

The Greek said she was happier getting into this tournament but her game just wasnt quite sufficient contrary to the 75th-ranked Wang, who advanced at night second round of a significant for the very first time.

Its disappointing, it hurts, because I was feeling better, I was enjoying myself, feeling good on the court also it was just very disappointing that my level was that low today, Sakkari said.

Sakkaris loss came after defending champion Emma Raducanu and two-time winner Naomi Osaka were eliminated Tuesday night in the initial round. That left Bianca Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 final, as the utmost recent U.S. Open womens champion still in the field.

Andreescu was set to handle No. 15 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia on Wednesday night.

Coming off her set you back the Wimbledon finals, No. 5 Ons Jabeur matched her best U.S. Open result with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Elizabeth Mandlik, the daughter of 1985 champion Hana Mandlikova. Jabeur lost in the 3rd round in all of her last three trips to NY.

I’ve a mission, Jabeur said. Im No. 5 on the planet, so for me personally Im attempting to represent that number just as much as I can therefore i really can improve my game and I could really continue and improve my ranking, hopefully.

She’ll play American Shelby Rogers, the No. 31 seed who beat Viktoria Kuzmova 7-5, 6-1.

Other top Americans attempting to advance Wednesday included No. 12 Coco Gauff and 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, the No. 20 seed.

Defending mens champion Daniil Medvedev was set to check out Williams on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with 2012 champion Andy Murray, No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime and Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios also doing his thing.

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