QUEENS, NY, September 5, 2016 –
There was a relaxed mood throughout the city as the Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end to summer in America – came to a close.
And with Tropical Storm Hermine not showing her wrathful side, it turned out to be an easy, breezy day for fans at the Open.
For players, well, that was another story.
8-seed Dominic Thiem (AUT) withdrew in the second set of his Round 16 match with a knee injury. His opponent wildcard Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) now plays 3-seed Stan Wawrinka, who also won his match today.
6-seed Venus WIlliams (USA) is also out of the tournament, losing in a third-set tiebreaker to 10-seed Karolina Pliskova (CZE, above).
Pliskova squares off next against unseeded Ana Konjuh, the Croatian player who routed 4-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL).
Serena Williams is also moving on to the quartefinals. The 1-seed defeated Yaroslava Shvedova in two straight sets – and will now face 5-seed Simona Halep (ROU) in an Elite Eight match-up.
Halep bested 11-seed Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) earlier in the day.
Also winning today were 2-seed Andy Murray (GBR) and 6-seed Kei Nishikori (JPN).
Murray and Nishikori meet next.
YOUR 2016 US OPEN QUARTERFINAL MATCHES
1-seed Serena Williams vs. 5-seed Simona Halep
10-seed Karolina Pliskova vs Unseeded Ana Konjuh
Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Unseeded Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
2-seed Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. 7-seed Roberta Vinci (ITA)
1-seed Novak Djokovik vs. 9-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
10-seed Gael Monfils vs. 24-seed Lucas Pouille
3-seed Stan Wawrinka vs. Wildcard Juan Martin del Potro
2-seed Andy Murray vs. 6-seed Kei Nishikori
BEST QUOTE – US OPEN DAY EIGHT
“I live in the present so I move on. I learn from this, and I just keep going.” — Venus Williams, who spoke with reporters after losing a 3-set tiebreaker.
CELEBRITIES – US OPEN DAY EIGHT
Celebs attending today’s US Open: actress Carmen Ejogo, former NFL star Michael Strahan, actress Vanessa Williams, actor Leon Robinson, magazine editor Anna Wintour, musician-actress Queen Latifah, choreographer Joshua Bergasse, ballerina Sara Mearns, and basketball players Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Tina Charles.
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US OPEN PHOTOS – US OPEN DAY EIGHT
Actress Carmen Ejogo
Musician-Actress Queen Latifah
Serena Williams, beaming after her Round of 16 win. Up next, the quarterfinals!
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Day Eight – Monday, September 5 – Round of 16
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