Aryna Sabalenka extended her winning streak to eight matches in a row after stunning the No.5 seed Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 under the lights at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Sabalenka, who lifted her first WTA trophy last week in New Haven, came into her first US Open main draw sitting at a career-high ranking of World No.20 and seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time.
She’s shown no signs of slowing down, firing 21 winners across two sets to storm into the fourth round at the US Open – her best Grand Slam result to date.
The 20-year-old Belarusian had Kvitova under pressure from the start, creating two break chances on the Czech’s first service game and then grabbing the first break a few games later to lead 2-1. Sabalenka had points to extend her lead to a double break, but Kvitova came roaring back, stepping into her shots and leveling the score at 3-3.
The pair traded breaks twice, with Sabalenka having to fight her way back into it both times as Kvitova broke to level the set at 3-3 and later again at 5-5. Sabalenka’s relentless attacking of Kvitova’s second serve finally rewarded her with the decisive break at 6-5, and the New Haven champion comfortably served it out to love.
With Sabalenka dialed in and blasting winners off both wings, the second set was a decidedly one-sided affair as she reeled off the last six games in a row to seal her spot into the second week of the US Open.