Halep beats heat and Lisicki as Young U.S. Open run ends

Mon Sep 7, 2015 6:16pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Simona Halep overcame a thigh injury, baking heat and finally big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki, while Donald Young's U.S. Open fairytale ended with a fourth-round loss to Stan Wawrinka on Monday.

It was Labor Day in the United States but it was certainly no holiday for Halep who had to work for her spot in the last eight, needing two hours and 38 minutes under a broiling sun to dispatch Lisicki 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 and reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time.

Waiting for the second seeded Romanian in the last eight is two-time U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, who advanced with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over American Varvara Lepchenko.

The 26-year-old Young, regarded during his teenage years as the next great American men's player, had advanced to the fourth round with two epic wins from two sets down but ran out of comeback magic against the fifth seed Swiss, surrendering 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4.

"I think now he (Young) is more the player that he is. He's playing his game," said Wawrinka. "He's trying to play the way he wants. He's trying to do things. He's coming on the court knowing what he's going to try to do.

"Now we have to see how he's going to go from here also because we all know that in general when he's playing at home he's playing better than the rest of the tournaments."

While Wawrinka escaped the heat unscathed, it was a battle of wills between Halep and Lisicki to see who would be last woman standing.

After dropping the opening set Halep called out the trainer to have treatment on her left thigh and at the end of the second the players left the court when the heat rule came into affect, but through it all the exhausted Romanian was able to gut out a victory.   Continued...

Sep 7, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sabine Lisicki of Germany on day eight of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports