Sharapova laments inconsistency after US Open exit

Maria Sharapova in action against Sorana Cirstea during the 2018 US Open

Navarro will play to make her maiden Grand Slam semifinal against 2017 finalist Madison Keys.

Sharapova matched her performance from previous year but then, in her first Grand Slam since the end of her doping ban, the fourth round seemed a sign she could return to her best.

With the win, Keys improved to 5-0 lifetime against Cibulkova and becomes only the second woman, after Kerber, to reach the quarter-finals or better at three of the four Grand Slams this year. "I really enjoyed this crowd, this unbelievable night session", Suárez Navarro said.

Maria Sharapova insists she still has belief after laughing off suggestions that losing in the US Open fourth round represents the toughest period of her life.

Her streak, though, finally came to an end.

Sabalenka, who was not ranked high enough to get into the tournament 12 months ago, has been one of the form players of the summer and arrived in NY on the back of her first WTA Tour title in New Haven before beating Petra Kvitova in the third round.

"I was really dizzy and I asked nature or God or somebody please move the shade over faster", said the woman who put out world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Maria Sharapova won the U.S. Open as a teenager.

In the two-hour 32-minute match, which featured 13 breaks of serve, Tsurenko committed 57 unforced errors while 19-year-old Vondrousova hit a huge 73. Maybe since she's so young, she was a little bit hesitant.

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Keys hasn't skipped a beat on her way to the quarterfinals, dropping just a single set along the way.

Earlier, Sharapova misplaced to Suarez-Navarro and left US Open.

Osaka is through to a grand slam quarter-final for the first time, after battling past fellow in-form 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka in a fascinating encounter on Louis Armstrong Stadium. For me it's totally different, so I'm really happy because I really played a really good match.

Maria Sharapova expressed her frustration at being able to "consistently" find her best level, as she suffered another disappointing Grand Slam result in 2018.

Suarez Navarro completed a convincing 6-4 6-3 victory to come back into the last 8 at Flushing Meadows after five years.

'Yeah, the belief is not something that I'm eager to show everybody else. Before the match, Sharapova was tied for 1st in break points won (18) with Cibulkova and Sevastova among the round 16 players, was ranked No.2 in first serve return points won and in second serve return points won.

"It will be a really tough match. I don't get it", she said.

Sharapova who held a 4-1 career lead over the Spaniard had missed 15-months on tour from the 2016 Australian Open when she was barred from playing due to testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium.

Sabalenka saved three match points in the final game and had a chance to hold for 5-5 only to double fault on Osaka's fourth opportunity.

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