Spaniard snaps Sharapova's US Open streak

Novak Djokovic reacts to winning against Richard Gasquet during the 2018 US Open

Novak Djokovic reacts to winning against Richard Gasquet during the 2018 US Open

Tell that to Maria Sharapova who, after a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday, said that it was nothing compared to what the Russian endured when she arrived in the United States in 1994 with only her father and US$700 (S$960) in their pockets.

- Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Maria Sharapova on her 30th birthday, erasing the memory of her loss previous year to Venus Williams which put a dampener on her 29th birthday. "You just have a dream", said Sharapova.

She was able to play through the pain and eventually won the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

Naomi Osaka reached her first grand slam quarter-final with victory over fellow 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka. I think I've done plenty in my career, established a lot for myself personally, professionally.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an unbelievable journey these three to four years", she said. "This is the way that I can play really good tennis", Suarez Navarro said.

Madison Keys maintained her dominance over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova with a 6-1 6-3 victory on Monday to reach the US Open quarter-finals. "So I'm just glad I could do one of my goals".

As is nearly always the case when Keys takes to the court, she will make most of the running offensively.

Keys has been solid in NY, having dropped a single set through four matches, and turned it up a notch against her 29th-seeded opponent as she lost only 10 points on serve during a 76-minute match in which she was broken once.

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The FedEx Cup Playoffs began with the August 23-26 Northern Trust, after which the original field of 125 was cut to 100. The 24-year-old American carded a final-round four-under-par 67 to win by two shots from England's Justin Rose .

The Spaniard, who turned 30 on Monday, will be at that stage for the second time at the U.S. Open, five years after her other run to that round.

Sabalenka saved three match points in the final game and had a chance to hold for 5-5 only to double fault on Osaka's fourth opportunity. The Russian has not reached the quarter-finals in NY since 2012. "I want to have a happy birthday, and I have it".

Despite her frustration in her performances, Sharapova rejected the notion that this was the most challenging period of her career. "Those are all the things that I think we all know going into a match-up against someone like Carla".

"I was really dizzy and I asked nature or God or somebody please move the shade over faster", said the woman who put out world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

- Kei Nishikori missed the 2017 tournament with injury and gave the US Open a wide berth even when it came to wathcing on TV.

The two also met earlier this year at the Canadian Masters in Montreal, where Stephens easily won the match 6-2 6-2. Two of her three WTA titles came post-2015 (Madrid Open in 2017 and Bucharest Open in 2018). I felt like when I had a chance to go for it, I just made mistakes because I was rushing.

Keys was a comfortable victor over Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, triumphing 6-1 6-3 to record a fifth victory in as many meetings with the Slovakian.

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