In Briefs: Djokovic through as Youzhny retires

Novak Djokovic (left)and Mikhail Youzhny shake hands after their 2016 US Open men's singles match on Sept 2.
Novak Djokovic (left)and Mikhail Youzhny shake hands after their 2016 US Open men's singles match on Sept 2. PHOTO: AFP

Djokovic through as Youzhny retires

Top seed Novak Djokovic cannot seem to get in a full match at the US Open, as the world No. 1 was given another rapid advance after Russian Mikhail Youzhny retired due to a leg injury when trailing 2-4 in the first set on Friday.

Youzhny was treated during the changeover at 1-4 in the third-round match and had his left thigh taped. He won the next game on serve but could not continue.

After receiving a walkover from Czech Jiri Vasely in the second round, Djokovic will next face 21-year-old Briton Kyle Edmund, who upset 20th seed American John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) with a quarter-final berth at stake.

REUTERS


Revitalised Konta through to last 16

Two days after collapsing in the New York heat en route to a three-set second-round victory, Britain's Johanna Konta reached the US Open round of 16 with no fuss.

The 13th-seeded Briton, who won her first WTA title in Stanford in July, overwhelmed 24th-seeded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1.

She will next play Anastasija Sevastova, the 48th-ranked Latvian who toppled French Open champion Garbine Muguruza before beating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4, 6-1 in the third round.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 04, 2016, with the headline 'In Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe