Japan’s Naomi Osaka battled into the final 16 on the US Open on Friday as off-court intrigue compelled the delay of a males’s singles match for “medical points.” Two-time Grand Slam winner Osaka required three units and 2hr 33 min to dislodge 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in an early sport at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Japanese fourth seed, who threw her racquet in frustration after dropping the second set on tie-break, prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2 in opposition to the world quantity 137.

“I simply felt like I had so many factors that I did not capitalise on. I feel once I went up, I grew to become a bit passive after which she got here in as a result of she has no worry,” mentioned Osaka, 22.

Her expertise got here to the fore within the deciding set as she held her serve and broke Kostyuk twice to arrange a match in opposition to 14th seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia for a spot within the quarter-finals.

“It was most likely expertise. I do know she’s very younger and I feel I’ve (performed) extra matches which can be like this,” Osaka mentioned.

Later Friday, thriller shrouded the third-round match between France’s Adrian Mannarino and German fifth seed Alexander Zverev, which began virtually three hours late attributable to discussions between match organizers and New York well being officers.

Mannarino was one in every of 11 gamers put below enhanced security protocols earlier this week after compatriot Benoit Paire was withdrawn from the match after testing optimistic for coronavirus.

“Given the sensitivity of the medical points concerned, the USTA shouldn’t be in a position to present additional particulars,” the US Tennis Affiliation mentioned in a press release.

In different video games, eighth seed Petra Martic of Croatia swept apart unseeded Russian Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-3.

Martic will play Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan within the final 16 after the 23rd seed powered previous Vera Lapko of Belarus 6-3, 6-3.

Germany’s 17th seed Angelique Kerber additionally progressed to the fourth spherical, making mild work of American Ann Li 6-3, 6-4.

Goffin advaces

Kerber, the 2016 US Open, will go up in opposition to Jennifer Brady for a quarter-final spot after the American 28th seed knocked out France’s Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3.

Garcia had offered the largest upset of the match on Wednesday when she eradicated prime seed Karolina Pliskova.

Kontaveit progressed to arrange her tie with Osaka by beating Poland’s 24th seed Magda Linetter 6-3, 6-2.

Promoted

Within the males’s draw, seventh seed David Goffin brushed apart Serbia’s 26th seed Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic beat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in straight units to achieve the fourth spherical.

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