US Open - Spaniard Suarez Navarro upsets Angelique Kerber to set up Serena showdown


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US Open - Spaniard Suarez Navarro upsets Angelique Kerber to set up Serena showdown

Tennis - Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, whose one-handed backhand is one of the best in the women's game, pulled off a major surprise on Sunday at the US Open as she upset the eighth seed and former US Open semi-finalist Angelique Kerber to move into the last eight in New York.

But it wasn't easy - as the match went right down to the wire - ending in a third set tie-breaker. Suarez Navarro won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 to move into a quarter-final showdown with world no. 1 Serena Williams. Suarez Navarro commented after her match, "In the last set I was so nervous when I was serving for the match but I managed to come back and be loose in the tie-break and just play my game.

The first set was tough - it was really close - but Angelique played better than me but then I came back so well in the second set. I'm so happy, today was a difficult match for me against a top, top player." This is the third time the 18th seed is through to the last eight in a major but her first in New York.

Speaking about her next match, the Spaniard commented, "It's amazing to be in the quarterfinals and to be playing against Serena. She's a very good player, she's No.1, she's won a lot of Grand Slams so it's going to be difficult! I just need to be relaxed, concentrate on my game and just try to enjoy the match."