Maria Scari and Leila Fernandez exit the US Open as the top players continue to falter

NEW YORK – The two former women’s champions were already knocked out at the US Open, and now the 2021 runner-up and another semi-final runner-up are gone.

The big players are falling behind quickly in Flushing Meadows and Serena Williams Take care of another Wednesday night.

Hours before Williams beat the second seed Annette Kontaveitthird class Maria Scary Toppled 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 by Wang Shiyu China in the second round.

Then minutes after Williams won, No. 14 Laila Fernandez kicked out 6-3, 7-6 (3) by Lyudmila Samsonovaa year after losing the Canadian Emma Radukano In the end.

Fernandez has only recently returned to the court after missing most of the summer due to a stress fracture in her right foot. She would have played Williams if they both made it to the fourth round, but she knew that was going to be difficult, and she estimated her play was only about 30 percent.

“It is difficult to reach the highest level, but it is very easy to fall back and that is what is happening now,” Fernandes said.

This doesn’t just happen to her.

Raducanu and two-time winner Naomi Osaka He was eliminated Tuesday night in the first round. leave it Bianca Andreescuwho beat Williams in the 2019 final, as the newest US Women’s Open champion still on the field.

Andreescu moved into the third round by defeating the 15th seed Beatrice Haddad Maya 6-2, 6-4 in a game that started after 11:30 ET on Wednesday night and ended just after 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Andreescu, a 22-year-old Canadian, used to be ranked 4th, but now she’s 48th, and therefore unranked in New York. You will meet number 17 Caroline Garcia next one.

Scary reached the Grand Slam semi-finals last year, but struggled to support her success in 2022, admitting this week that she struggled to deal with the higher profile that came with her rise to third place in the world rankings. Some days she said she doesn’t enjoy playing tennis and doesn’t even want to get out of bed.

The Greek said she was more than happy to have come to this tournament, but her game wasn’t good enough against the 75th-ranked Wang, who advanced in the second round of a major tournament for the first time.

“It’s frustrating, it hurts, because I was feeling better, I was enjoying myself, feeling good on the court, and it was very frustrating that my level was down today,” Scarry said.

number 12 Coco Guff and classifier 20 Madison Keys Avoiding trouble, they set up a third-round match between the Americans. hollow beat Elena Gabriella Ros 6-2, 7-6 (4), while the 2017 US Open runner-up Keys outperformed Camila Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6).

Gave was two points from losing the second set 5-3 before the 18-year-old recovered, something she said illustrates an aspect of her game that wasn’t there early in the season but could make the French Open final a threat now. .

“Today, down love-30, 5-3, he definitely could have thrown it in the can and got ready for the third set. Same at 15-40. But I didn’t,” Goff said. “I feel like this is showing growth. I feel in the past, these are games I would have lost. Yeah, it’s about learning, and I think I’m learning.”

She started her own run to the Wimbledon finals, No. 5 Anas Jaber He equaled her best US Open result with a 7-5, 6-2 victory Elizabeth MandelkDaughter of the heroine of 1985 Hana Mandlikova. Jaber has lost in the third round on each of her past three trips to New York.

Jaber said, “I have a mission.” “I’m number 5 in the world, so for me, I try to represent that number as much as I can so that I can really improve my game and I can really keep going and improve my ranking, hopefully.”

You will play the role of America Shelby Rogersranked No. 31, who beat Victoria Cosmova 7-5, 6-1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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