An­other day, an­other up­set

Shapo­valov knocks off No. 8 Tsonga, while Pospisil, Bouchard dis­patched

The Province - - SPORTS / TENNIS -

NEW YORK — Canada’s De­nis Shapo­valov ad­vanced into the third round of the U.S. Open Wed­nes­day night af­ter a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) vic­tory over eighth seed Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France. The 18-year-old from Rich­mond Hill, Ont., will next face Kyle Ed­mund of Bri­tain.

Shapo­valov, ranked No. 69 in the world, started the match strong at Arthur Ashe Sta­dium by break­ing Tsonga’s serve on the first game of the open­ing set. Both play­ers held serve for the rest of the set.

The Cana­dian had a big break in the sec­ond set went Tsonga dou­ble-faulted to let Shapo­valov go up 4-3. He used that mo­men­tum to hold on and take a 2-0 set lead.

Shapo­valov once again broke Tsonga to put him up 4-3 in the third set, but the French­man got it back when Shapo­valov was serv­ing for the match to tie the set at 5-5. The third set went to a tiebreak that Shapo­valov dom­i­nated to win the match in just over two hours 11 min­utes.

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard of Mon­treal fell 7-6 (2), 6-1 to Rus­sia’s Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina. Fac­ing dou­ble match point, Bouchard sent a back­hand into the net as her record dropped to 12-17 on the sea­son. Bouchard, ranked 76th in the world, has failed to make it past the sec­ond round of her last eight tour­na­ments, start­ing with a sec­ond-round exit at the French Open. The 23-year-old Bouchard made 46 un­forced er­rors, com­pared to 18 for Ro­d­ina.

Van­cou­ver’s Vasek Pospisil re­tired from his match with Spain’s Fer­nando Ver­dasco af­ter los­ing the first set 6-2. Pospisil, who has been both­ered by back pain and strug­gled through the open­ing set, met briefly with train­ers dur­ing the changeover be­fore with­draw­ing.

The most notewor­thy sec­ond-round loss on Wed­nes­day was by No. 4 Alexan­der Zverev, a 20-year-old Ger­man who, de­spite his lofty seed­ing and con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial, has only once been as far as the fourth round at a ma­jor. He was beaten by Borna Coric 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4).

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croa­tia de­feated Flo­rian Mayer of Germany by the same score in all three sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Do­minic Thiem and Grigor Dim­itrov made quick work of their op­po­nents. The sixth-seeded Thiem beat Aus­tralian Alex de Min­aur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 on Wed­nes­day and No. 7 Dim­itrov fol­lowed him in the Grand­stand with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory over Va­clav Safranek of the Czech Repub­lic.

Also ad­vanc­ing were No. 15 To­mas Berdych, who beat Amer­i­can Ryan Har­ri­son in straight sets, No. 18 Gael Mon­fils, who swept past fel­low French­man Jeremy Chardy, and an­other French­man, No. 30 Adrian Man­nar­ino, a straight-sets win­ner over Lithua­nian Ri­car­das Ber­ankis.

No. 14 Nick Kyr­gios was un­able to over­come shoul­der pain or fel­low Aus­tralian John Mill­man in fall­ing 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 22 Fabio Fognini and No. 26 Richard Gas­quet were also up­set.

Mean­while, Maria Shara­pova over­came a shaky start to reach the U.S. Open’s third round.

The five-time ma­jor cham­pion got bet­ter and bet­ter as the match wore on and came back to beat 59th-ranked Timea Ba­bos of Hun­gary 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 in two hours 19 min­utes.

Third-seeded Gar­bine Mugu­ruza of Spain beat Ying-Ying Duan of China, 6-4, 6-0.

Fourth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svi­tolina, whose match was stopped Tuesday as she faced a sec­ond-set tiebreaker, lost that when she re­turned be­fore beat­ing Ka­te­rina Sini­akova 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3. No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic of France was up­set, fall­ing 6-3, 6-2 to Ro­ma­nia’s Mon­ica Niculescu.

Venus Wil­liams reached the third round for the sev­enth Grand Slam tour­na­ment in a row. Wil­liams was bro­ken while serv­ing for each set, but played well enough to hold off her big-hit­ting — and much younger — op­po­nent, beat­ing 20-year-old Oceane Dodin of France 7-5, 6-4.

— AP

De­nis Shapo­valov of Rich­mond Hill, Ont., took care of No. 8 Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga in straight sets Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Open, mov­ing on to the third round in New York.

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