US Open 2018: Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova through

Angelique Kerber

2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Fourth seed and former champion Angelique Kerber overcame a second-set wobble against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson to make the US Open last 32.

The German, who had never lost a set in three previous matches with Larsson, eventually prevailed 6-2 5-7 6-4 over two hours and 24 minutes.

Kerber will play Slovakia’s world number 35 Dominika Cibulkova next.

Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova got past a stubborn display from China’s world number 90 Wang Yafan to win 7-5 6-3.

Kvitova, 28, broke late to seal the opener after initially letting a 4-1 lead slip and Wang’s consistent groundstrokes and a solid serve kept the world number 90 in touch in the second set.

Kvitova next plays 20-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who won the New Haven title earlier in August.

Sabalenka beat 2010 runner-up Vera Zvonareva 6-3 7-6 (9-7) to make the last 32.

She is joined by her compatriot Aliaksandra Sasnovich who upset Russia’s in-form 11th-seed Daria Kasatkina 6-2 7-6 (7-3)

Sasnovich will face Naomi Osaka – who clinched her biggest career title at Indian Wells in March – after the Japanese beat Julia Glushko 6-2 6-0.

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