Svitolina and Monfils are different in draw


New York (AP) — Newlyweds in tennis have disagreements.

Elina Svitolina, like many players, thinks about the match only in front of her.

Her husband, Gael Monfils, likes to look a few rounds ahead in search of his potential enemies.

“But I try to tell him … you have to look for one match at a time,” Svitolina said with a laugh.

Even if they do that, things are going well for both players who got married in July.

Fifth seeded Svitolina defeated No. 25 Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to set up a fourth round match against two-time Grand Slam champion No. 12 Simona Halep. ..

17th seed Monfils will face 13th seed Jannik Sinner on Saturday. Svitolina probably already knew it, saying she’s probably checking his bracket more than her own.

“I’m glad we’re playing another day, so we can focus on one person and then another,” Svitolina said.

Not a bad debut

It’s hard to believe that Barbora Kletikova is playing for the first time in the US Open singles main draw. After all, she’s already a Grand Slam champion.

Still, her success at the French Open in June, when she won the singles and doubles trophies at Roland Garros for the first time in 21 years, doesn’t take for granted what’s happening at Flushing Meadows.

After defeating Camilla Rahimova 6-4, 6-1 and playing in the fourth round in New York, No. 8 seed Krejčova said on Friday, “I don’t just think it’s normal.” “I think it’s very special.”

A 25-year-old woman from the Czech Republic used the word “special” several times when discussing what was happening for her in court this year.

“Wow” too.

please think about it. She won two Grand Slam trophies in doubles in 2021, but made three majors in singles. One of the problems was that I couldn’t get into the main draw in qualifying.

After his victory in Paris, Krejčova made his Wimbledon debut in the fourth round, eventually losing to champion Ashleigh Barty. In the US Open quarter-final berth, two major champions, Galvinem Gurza, will face each other.

“I’m really happy that I don’t have to qualify anymore,” Krejčova said. “I hope it stays the same and I don’t have to play Quali anymore.”

At this rate it doesn’t matter.

Stall run

Now that Stefanos Tsitsipas has left the US Open, he can spend his favorite time in the bathroom at any time.

Booed by the New York crowd and blown up by some of his peers for a long break in the bathroom — is he just changing clothes or heading for something else? — Third-seeded Tsitsipas run faced 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the third round on Friday.

Prior to the US Open, Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev accused Tsitsipas of being helped by a phone message from his father, who is also a coach, on a long trip to the bathroom in the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters. bottom. Coaching during the match is not permitted.

Andy Murray said he “lost respect” Tsitsipas after the first round as Tsitsipas took an eight-minute bathroom break between the fourth and fifth sets.

“All these accusations were completely wrong,” said Tsitsipas. “It was the most ridiculous story I’ve ever heard in a match at Cincinnati. I don’t know what to say.”

Regarding the jealousy of the audience this week, Tsitsipas said: They are here for the show. They want to watch tennis. They are very impatient, especially the new generation. They just want to get it done early. “

Unlike Tsitsipas when he leaves the courtroom.

He says he doesn’t violate the rules. this is true. Grand Slam regulations stipulate that players must go for a “reasonable amount of time.”

Tsitsipas said he would obey them if stronger time limits were enforced.

“I took a restroom break as a regular athlete,” he said. “It may have taken a little longer than other athletes, but if there is a rule that you have a certain amount of time you are allowed to take, I’m probably following that protocol, that rule, and the scope of the guidelines. We will stay within and try to follow it as much as possible. “


AP tennis writer Howard Fendrich and AP sports writer Dangerston contributed to this report.


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