US Open: Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep Advance Into Fourth Round

Dominic Thiem defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to Round 4 of 2016 US Open.


New York: Eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem overcame a shaky start Saturday to secure a spot in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

Thiem blasted 47 winners, 20 in the last set, on his way to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 39th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniard is now winless against top-10 players in 11 tries.

Thiem, a 23-year-old Austrian, is considered one of the game’s top young players. He’s had four tour wins and a run to the French Open semifinals this year.

He previously reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 2014.

In women’s singles, fifth-seed Simona Halep smashed her racket in frustration en route to a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, third-round victory over 34th-ranked Timea Babos at the U.S. Open.

Halep, a finalist at Flushing Meadows a year ago, rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the deciding set and appeared to struggle with the power of the big-serving Hungarian, who blasted five aces and 25 total winners.

Halep threw down, and apparently cracked, her racket after losing a point late in the final set. It all ended just a few points later when Babos double-faulted on match point.

After the match, Halep said she wasn’t able to move well because of a back problem. She acknowledged she didn’t play her best, saying “I don’t know how I came back.”

Halep, whose best Grand Slam result was a run to the French Open final in 2014, next takes on 11th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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