NEW YORK – Catch up on the news and results from Day 8 on Monday at the U.S. Open.
Victoria Azarenka powers into quarterfinals: Azarenka beat Varvara Lepchenko 6–3, 6–4 on Monday to advance to the >U.S. Open quarterfinals for the fourth straight year and her second straight major quarterfinal, where she will face Simona Halep.
Azarenka had her upper arms wrapped in tape during the match. "You want a cool story or the other one? I think the cool story is how it's a little better. I honestly never had anything like this," she said after the match. "Maybe just a little bit of allergic reaction to a material or something, or dryness. I don't know. I just had like a blister kind of rubbing against my, I don't know, against my skin or my material. It's just like burning sensation when I touch it. It's kind of like a blister. So I just put the tape around so it doesn't bother me."
Stan Wawrinka ends Donald Young's U.S. Open run: Donald Young couldn't muster up another comeback win on Monday, as No. 5 Wawrinka defeated the American in five sets to advance to the quarterfinals. With the 6–4, 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 win, Wawrinka is into his third straight U.S. Open quarterfinal. Wawrinka hit 52 winners to 48 unforced errors and Young hit 14 winners to 20 unforced errors. Young has yet to advance to a major quarterfinal, but this year's U.S. Open was a considerable breakthrough for Young, who came from two sets down to in the first round against No. 11 Gilles Simon and in the third round against No. 22 Viktor Troicki.
I feel like things are coming around," Young said after the match. "I really feel like, you know, I'm ready to do it on a consistent level and not just do it for a while or work hard for a little bit and then relax. I'm looking forward to keeping it going."
Simona Halep battles through injury to advance: No. 2 Halep is into her first U.S. Open quarterfinal after fighting through injuries and the blazing heat to defeat Sabine Lisicki 6–7(6), 7–5, 6–2 on Monday. Lisicki, who upset Barbora Strycova on Saturday, came out firing against Halep and took the first set in a tiebreak in 63 minutes. Though Halep was visibly injured throughout the match, grabbing her ankle and stopping in between points to stretch her leg, she fought back to win the second and third sets to close out the win. Both players called for trainers during the match and Lisicki recieved medical treatment during the 10 minute heat break before the third set. Halep was 10 for 11 on break points and finished with 18 winners to 33 unforced errors, while Lisicki finished with 37 winners to 72 unforced errors.
Sam Stosur can't figure out Flavia Pennetta for seventh time: Pennetta defeated Stosur 6–4, 6–4 on Monday, marking the seventh time in seven meetings that the Italian won. With the win, Pennetta advances to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third straight year and the sixth time in seven appearances.
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