While in the men’s tournament with Novak Djokovic’s disqualification the tournament took an unexpected turn, in the women’s tournament there was also a surprising elimination.
The sixth seeded Petra Kvitová had to bow her head for Shelby Rogers in the fourth round. The Czech missed no less than four match points and lost the match 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (6).
Kvitová, who had also lost the only previous game with the American in 2016 to Roland Garros, came back from a break back in the first set, fought in the tiebreak from 2-5 to 5-5, but was unable to win the set.
She repaired the damage by winning the second set 6-3, after which it remained exciting for a long time in the third set. On 5-4 Kvitová missed three match points on Rogers’ service and in the tiebreak she hit a double fault on 6-5. Rogers (WTA-93) then struck cold-bloodedly.
Dutch doubles specialist Demi Schuurs saw her US Open adventure end in the quarter finals. With her doubles partner, the Czech Kveta Peschke, she lost 6-4, 6-2 to the Russian duo Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova.
Because of the corona crisis only 32 couples are allowed to participate in the doubles tournament this year, where under normal circumstances 64 doubles on a grand slam compete for the title. The Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer and Wesley Koolhof are both still in the tournament with their partners.