In the city that never sleeps! Maria Sakkari is a history maker in New York as the Greek star wins the latest women’s singles match EVER at the US Open to defeat 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu at 2.13am
- Maria Sakkari defeated Bianca Andreescu after three hours and thirty minutes
- In a gripping three set encounter, the two women played on to go past 2am
- Andreescu, the 2019 champion, battled injury but she was beaten 6-7, 7-6, 6-3
- The match broke the record as the latest-finishing in US Open women’s singles
World No 18 Maria Sakkari was pushed all the way to 2.13am by Bianca Andreescu in the latest-finishing women’s singles match in the history of the US Open to reach the quarter-finals.
Sakkari, 26, had not dropped a set en route to the last-16 match-up with 2019 champion Andreescu, who found herself on a 10-match unbeaten run.
But in a match of the highest quality the two top 20 players thrashed it out for more than three and a half hours on the Arthur Ashe stadium court to take the record from Madison Keys and Alison Riske for the latest-finishing women’s singles match in New York.
Greek star Maria Sakkari was made to work for three and a half hours to win at the US Open
Bianca Andreescu was beaten in the latest ever finishing women’s singles US Open match
Keys and Riske played through until 1.46am back in 2016 but it was not until 2.13am on Tuesday morning that Sakkari had secured a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory.
‘I told Tom (Hill, her coach) and my team before the match that I’m prepared for 7-6 in the third,’ Sakkari said.
‘Seriously, I never thought that with Bianca it would be like 6-4, 6-1 unless I played lights out tennis, hit winners left and right.
‘But because she fights every single point, I knew that it was going to be a very tough match.’
Sakkari lost the first set on a tiebreak but dug in as they played beyond 2am in New York
Andreescu (left) had never lost a main round match at the US Open until facing Sakkari (right)
The gruelling marathon of a match took its toll on Andreescu as a leg injury sustained late on hampered her mobility as her resistance fell away in the deciding set.
Andreescu has proved to be a formidable opponent at Flushing Meadows and this was her first main draw defeat at the New York slam.
She took control early by virtue of a first set tie break and Sakkari knew it was a major test of her mental strength from losing the opener.
‘I think in the first set especially I was not going for my shots like I normally do,’ Sakkari added.
The Canadian required a medical timeout as she struggled with an injury to her left leg
‘I was a little bit not very confident with my groundstrokes. I said, “Maria, if you want to win this match, you have to go for it”. It’s better if you go for it and miss than just make balls, she hits winners.
‘I didn’t have the control of the match until middle of the second set.
‘I felt like she was better than me, but then somehow I dug in and found a way to just turn things around.’
Sakkari will now prepare to take on world No 4 and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Karolina Pliskova for a spot in her second Grand Slam semi-final of the season.
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