Sakkari prevails in marathon match

Maria Sakkari reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career, winning a three-set match against 2019 champ Bianca Andreescu in a 3 1/2 hour match that didn't end until after midnight.



September 8, 2021 - 9:29 AM

NEW YORK — Maria Sakkari has eliminated 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu in the latest-finishing women’s match in tournament history to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time.

Sakkari came back to win 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3 as Andreescu had trouble with a left leg that was taped by a trainer during a medical timeout in the third set. Andreescu limped around between points down the stretch and her leg buckled a few times.

The 3½-hour match ended at nearly 2:15 a.m. The previous women’s record was a 1:48 a.m. finish for a first-round match in 2016 in which Madison Keys beat Alison Riske; three men’s matches have wrapped up at 2:26 a.m.

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