Sharapova, Venus in Round Four but Cilic Goes Down

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Maria Sharapova continued to dazzle on her Grand Slam comeback after reaching the fourth round of the 2017 US Open. Former US Open champion Venus Williams also continued her advance but 2014 winner Marin Cilic crashed out of the competition.

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Sharapova didn’t look hassled by Caroline Wozniacki’s comments yesterday as she wore down American teenager Sofia Kenin to make the round of 16. She won 7-5, 6-2 after having faced successive three-setters in her previous two rounds to make it to her first Grand Slam fourth round since the 2016 Australian Open.

Later when she was quizzed about Wozniacki’s comments on her scheduling, Sharapova said, what mattered to her was that she was in the fourth round.

Another American, and former winner Venus Williams had a better day at the US Open than Kenin as she advanced as well, winning 6-3, 6-4 against Maria Sakkari.

Third seeded Garbine Muguruza had an easy third round win over Magdalena Rybarikova, brushing her aside 6-1, 6-1. Muguruza, who won the Wimbledon earlier this year, hasn’t been really tested in the competition so far, but will now take on a bigger challenge Petra Kvitova in her next match.

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Kvitova is yet to drop a set in her first three wins, crushing Jelena Jankovic, Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia in straight sets so far.

In the men’s section of the draw, the top two seeds from the bottom half of the draw were shown the door on a manic Friday.

Marin Cilic, a former winner at the Flushing Meadows was stunned by Argentine Diego Schwartzman in four sets after winning the first set, while tenth seeded American John Isner went out in straight sets to Mischa Zverev.

What that means is that the 12th seeded Pablo Carreno Busta is the highest-ranked player remaining in the lower half of the US Open draw.

He will face Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov in his fourth round match after the latter came through because of a Kyle Edmund injury. Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson and Lucas Pouille are some of the other seeded players remaining in the bottom half of the US Open draw.

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