The five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of the US Open 2018 after birthday girl Carla Suarez Navarro defeated the former in straight sets.
Bringing a halt to Sharapova’s unbeaten record in US Open, the Spaniard pulled off a 6-4 and 6-3 to advance to the Open quarterfinals. Navarro will now face Madison Keys in her first US Open Quater Finals since 2013.
A perfect 30th birthday !@CarlaSuarezNava ends Sharapova's unbeaten record at night, defeating her 6-4, 6-3...
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018
Right from the start of the match, Sharapova seemed off on her serves. She hit five double faults to fall down to 4-1. Navarro then took control of the sets and finished off at 6-4.
Both players struggled on the serve at the beginning of the second set. The Russian then dropped serve in the fifth game of the second set and couldn’t recover to push the match into a third set.
Sharapova posted 38 unforced errors to 20 for Suarez Navarro.
The two had last faced each other in the 2015 Rome final, which went in Sharapova’s favor.