Sharapova's US Open run comes to an end

US Open 2018 Maria Sharapova's unbeaten run ends at the hands of Carla Suarez Navarro

US Open 2018 Maria Sharapova's unbeaten run ends at the hands of Carla Suarez Navarro

'This time I don't want to feel like past year.

Her last major title was in Paris in 2014 and it has been 12 years since she won her second Grand Slam title at the US Open as a 19-year-old in 2006.

Maria Sharapova, of Russian Federation, waits for Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, to serve during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in NY.

"I hesitated to move forward".

Sharapova's 38 unforced errors proved to be costly during this one-hour and 31-minute encounter, and despite a high first serve percentage of 69, she won less than half of her first-serve points, something rarely seen from the Russian.

The former world number one slid down the rankings after being given a 15-month doping ban for using meldonium.

The Spaniard will meet last year's runner-up Madison Keys in the quarters and knows she will be the underdog against the 14th seeded American. "I prepared well. I think I was completely ready for this tournament", she said. You've exclusively a dream.

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Tell that to Maria Sharapova who, after a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday, said that it was nothing compared to what the Russian endured when she arrived in the United States in 1994 with only her father and US$700 (S$960) in their pockets.

"First of all, if I didn't have the belief to keep doing this and to keep having the motivation and the grind of doing this every day in order to get myself in these positions, I don't think I would be here. I have the character inside, sometimes I have to show more but, well, I'm working on that". The belief matters most when it's internal and when you have a passion for something. For me it's totally different, so I'm really happy because I really played a really good match. Eighteen of Sharapova's unforced errors came in an untidy first set where she trailed 1-4 and 2-5.

Lesia Tsurenko reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by outlasting teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 after feeling ill earlier in the match.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

Vondrousova accused Tsurenko of putting on an act, but the Ukrainian insisted her struggles were real, saying: "I don't know what to say". "My win against Garbiñe Muguruza in Cincinnati and some victories there gave me the confidence that I can play well". I'm grateful that I got the opportunity to play her [and beat her] in Miami [earlier this year]. Suarez, who turned 30 on Monday, is playing her eleventh US Open and made it to the quarter-finals for the second time after her first quarter-final in 2013, reports EFE news agency.

Despite her frustration in her performances, Sharapova rejected the notion that this was the most challenging period of her career.

With the US Open's heat advisory put back into effect, the pair traded punishing groundstrokes under the blazing sun and it was Cibulkova who was often pinned well behind the baseline and at the mercy of her opponent.

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