September 1, 2018 / 8:01 PM / 2 months ago

Tennis-Vondrousova stuns Bertens to advance into fourth round

NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova upset Dutch 13th seed Kiki Bertens 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(1) to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the youngest woman remaining in the main draw.

Bertens had been expected to win her ninth match in a row after capturing the Cincinnati Masters title two weeks ago, a run that included victories over the world’s top two players Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, but Vondrousova refused to get overawed by the occasion.

The left-handed Vondrousova broke Bertens four times and was dominant in the short rallies, winning 66 to Berten’s 44.

The 19-year-old ultimately trampled over Bertens in the third-set tiebreak as the Dutch self destructed by producing four successive unforced errors.

“It was so, so tough for me,” said Vondrousova. “I just stayed calm.”

Vondrousova was one of a record six Czech women to have reached the third round of this year’s U.S. Open.

Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova is already through to the last 16 and fifth seed Petra Kvitova will also be hoping to increase Czech representation in the fourth round when she faces Aryna Sabalenka later on day six of the championships.

Vondrousova will next face Ukrainian Lesla Tsurenko. (Reporting By Amy Tennery, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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