NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Borna Coric upset fellow 20-year-old and fourth seed Alexander Zverev to end the talented German’s bid for a maiden grand slam, while former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Ekaterina Makarova on a busy Wednesday in New York.
Zverev, who has won five titles this season and beat Roger Federer in the final of a warm-up tournament in Montreal, took the first set but could do little to stem the tide as Croatia’s Coric battled back to seal a 3-6 7-5 7-6(1) 7-6(4) victory.
The German’s 58 unforced errors and seven double faults did little to help his cause on a busy day of action in which 87 matches were completed to make up for Tuesday’s rain-affected programme.
Denmark’s Wozniacki, who was among seven players left in the draw with a chance of taking over the top ranking, failed to capitalise on her opportunities in a late clash and the two-time finalist was beaten 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1 by an inspired Makarova.
Elsewhere, Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upset eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-4 7-6(3) with the 18-year-old hitting 28 winners and looking every bit a star in the making as he lit up the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova continued her love affair with the New York crowds as the Russian showed plenty of grit and determination to advance to the third round with a 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos.
“I’ve had an amazing reaction from fans since I’ve been back and that’s been special. I mean, I felt it while I was away. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back,” said Sharapova, making her first grand slam appearance since serving a 15-month doping ban.
Local hope Sloane Stephens outlasted Slovakia’s 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 5-7 6-3 to reach the third round, while Russian Evgeniya Rodina beat 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 7-6(2) 6-1 in a first round tie.
Australian 14th seed Nick Kyrgios, who struggled with shoulder pain in his 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 opening round defeat to compatriot John Millman, was unforgiving in his self-assessment.
“I‘m not dedicated to the game at all. There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I‘m not that guy,” the mercurial 22-year-old said.
David Goffin endured a nervy encounter before seeing off France’s Julien Benneteau 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-2 in over two hours in the first round, while Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the men’s sixth seed, made short work of Australian Alex de Minaur.
Ninth seed Venus Williams hit 32 winners as she felled France’s Oceane Dodin 7-5 6-4, while 13th seed Petra Kvitova powered on with a 6-1 6-2 win over France’s Alize Cornet.
Highlights from day three of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Wednesday (all times GMT):
Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova sends Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki packing with a 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1 victory in two hours and 20 minutes in the final match of the third day at Arthur Ashe stadium.
Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov upsets eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-4 7-6(3) to become the youngest player to enter the U.S. Open third round since American Donald Young in 2007.
Shapovalov struck 28 winners in the match lasting two hours and 11 minutes.
Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro battled past Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2 in two hours and 19 minutes.
American Sloane Stephens outlasts Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 5-7 6-3 to reach third round.
Unseeded Croatian Borna Coric ends the campaign of fellow 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, winning 3-6 7-5 7-6(1) 7-6(4) in three hours and 26 minutes. The German fourth seed fires down 22 aces in the match but had seven double faults and 58 unforced errors.
Ninth seed Venus Williams records 32 winners on her way to a 7-5 6-4 second round win over France’s Oceane Dodin.
Petra Kvitova, seeded 13th, beats France’s Alize Cornet 6-1 6-2 to reach the third round.
Big-serving American John Isner fires 30 aces on his way to a 6-3 6-4 7-5 second-round victory over South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.
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Former world number one Maria Sharapova overcame a slow start to book a place in the third round, beating Hungarian Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded 10th, secured a place in the second round with a 6-4 7-6(3) win over Croatian Petra Matic.
American CoCo Vandeweghe rallied from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over compatriot Alison Riske.
Vandeweghe, coached by 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, fired 31 winners to book a second-round meeting with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
Eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova saved three match points before securing a 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) first-round victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
Ninth seed David Goffin needed over two hours to see off France’s Julien Benneteau 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round.
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro kicked off his campaign with a 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win over Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
Del Potro, the 2009 winner, will meet Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in the second round.
American wildcard Taylor Fritz beat Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-4 6-3 to claim his first grand slam victory.
The 19-year-old will meet sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Italian Stefano Travaglia beat 22nd seed Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-6(8) 3-6 6-0 in the first round.
Australian 14th seed Nick Kyrgios struggled with shoulder pain as he suffered a 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 first-round defeat to compatriot John Millman.
“It’s a victory but it’s slightly hollow. On court he’s a great sport, good guy off the court, I feel for him (Kyrgios),” Millman said after the match.
“It’s not been easy, I had groin surgery last year. I’ve played some good tennis at times since coming back but I‘m still searching for consistency.”
Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded 22 winners on his way to a 6-1 6-4 6-2 first-round victory over Czech Vaclav Safranek.
Cincinnati winner Dimitrov is one of the favourites for the title this fortnight but has failed to progress past the fourth round in six previous appearances at Flushing Meadows.
Frenchman Gael Monfils, seeded 18, beat compatriot Jeremy Chardy 7-6(6) 6-3 6-4 to reach the second round.
Monfils, a semi-finalist last year, will meet American Donald Young in the next round.
1650 RODINA DOWNS CANADA‘S BOUCHARD IN STRAIGHT SETS
Russian Evgeniya Rodina beat 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 7-6(2) 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and will face fourth seed Elina Svitolina in round two.
1640 ARGENTINE MAYER OUSTS FRANCE‘S GASQUET
Frenchman Richard Gasquet, seeded 26th, was dumped out of the U.S. Open first round for the second year in succession after being beaten by unseeded Leonardo Mayer 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-2.
The Argentine will face Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the next round.
Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, playing his first U.S. Open, beat fellow rookie Patrick Kypson of the United States 6-4 7-6(9) 6-1 and awaits either Argentine Juan Martin del Potro or Swiss Henri Laaksonen in round two.
1600 SVITOLINA SURVIVES FIRST-ROUND FRIGHT AGAINST SINIAKOVA
Fourth seed Svitolina lost a second-set tiebreak against unseeded Czech Katerina Siniakova after their match resumed with the Ukrainian having won the first set.
Svitolina went down a break in the decider but rallied to win 6-0 6-7(5) 6-3.
Romania’s Monica Niculescu beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-2 in the first round.
American Jennifer Brady advanced to the second round after beating Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-4 3-6 6-1 and her compatriot Nicole Gibbs defeating Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 6-0 1-6 6-1.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the men’s sixth seed, made short work of Australian Alex de Minaur after their first-round match resumed on Wednesday.
Thiem, who was two sets and a game up in the third before play was halted on Tuesday, won 6-4 6-1 6-1 and will face either American Taylor Fritz or Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the next round.
1515 PLAY BEGINS AT FLUSHING MEADOWS (Compiled by Hardik Vyas, Simon Jennings and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O‘Brien)