US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16

US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16
US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16

US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16- Greek Maria Sakkari broke down twice Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova’s defenses 6-4 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16
US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16

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The 17th seed relied on her powerful serve once again, winning all but one of her first-serve points in the first set and firing off nine aces in the match as she never conceded a break on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

US Open 2021: 10th seed Petra Kvitova crashes out, Maria Sakkari to face Bianca Andreescu in R16

In the second set, her Czech opponent dropped serve in the first game but refused to go quietly, fending off seven break points – including two in the third game to hold her serve – but could not match the power of Sakkari, who struck 13 winners.

I think my serve was probably my biggest weapon today and of course playing in front of this crowd was unbelievable,” said Sakkari, who lost to Serena Williams in a fourth-round, three-set thriller a year ago in front of empty stands.