NEW YORK – No.1 female Ash Barty is not at the US Open.
Shelby Rogers won the first set and came back three points in the third to knock down Barty 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the fourth round.
Rogers, the last remaining American in the women’s draw, was 0-6 for life against the top-ranked players.
She was fantastic in the third, hitting the winners from the backhand and using a 103mph serve to fight her way against the defending Wimbledon champion.
Rogers was quarter-finalist in New York a year ago, while Barty, who also holds a Roland Garros title in 2019, has never made it past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. Prior to this match, Barty was 5-0 against Rogers, then made two 5-2 breaks in the third set.
Rogers’ state of mind at the time?
“It couldn’t be worse. You lost to her every time,” said Rogers. “Try something different.”
As is the case with most Americans, Ashe’s crowd yelled for Rogers over every winner, and she waved their arms and urged fans to go louder. Rogers, 28, beat Barty twice in the third when Barty served for the game.
Rogers said the return of spectators to the US Open played a role in his upset victory. No fan was allowed to attend the tournament a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The crowd is at the next level this year,” Rogers told fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “You chose who you want to win, so thank you for choosing me tonight.”
Rogers’ next game is a fourth-round match against unranked 18-year-old Emma Raducanu, who continued her run to the US Open with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
In the other women’s third round matches, Maria Sakkari continued her streak of success against top 20 opponents, beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3.
Sakkari, 17th seed and semi-finalist at Roland Garros this year, earned her eighth victory this season against a top 20-ranked opponent. She had nine aces and never lost on serve as she qualified for week two at Flushing. Meadows for the second year in a row.
10th seed Kvitova finished with more than twice as many unforced errors, 34-16.
Sakkari will next face 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu, who improved to 10-0 for her US Open career with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Belgium’s 104th World Greet Minnen.
The sixth-seeded Canadian player won the match in just over an hour as she delivered 21 wins and committed just 11 unforced errors, while saving the four break points she scored. faced.
Minnen entered the pitch as a “lucky loser” – someone who lost in qualifying but advanced to the main draw when another player retired.
Andreescu beat Serena Williams in the final in New York two years ago on her US Open debut at age 19. Andreescu then missed last year’s trip to Flushing Meadows with one of the injuries that interrupted his young career.
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, 11th seed, also reached the fourth round, with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No.23 Jessica Pegula in a rematch of the Olympic Games. ‘summer.
Bencic was a semi-finalist at the 2019 US Open. She will next face Iga Swiatek, who became the first Polish woman in five years to reach the fourth round with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Anett. Kontaveit.
Seventh-seeded Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, has now qualified for the fourth round of each of the Grand Slam tournaments during his career.
Raducanu, who was born in Canada and represents Great Britain, is in the fourth round of the US Open after reaching Wimbledon Week 2 in his major debut at 18. She won all 12 sets she played in New York, with three wins in qualifying and three in the main draw.
She had 29 winners against Tormo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.