NEW YORK, NY, USA – In one of the most intensely contested matches of the US Open so far, No.23 seed Yulia Putintseva delivered a masterclass of tactics and battling spirit to reach her maiden US Open quarterfinal, upsetting No.8 seed Petra Martic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes.
“Before the third set, I said to myself, ‘Whatever happens, you just make it difficult for her. You’re not going to do any mistakes. You’re going to move her around the court as much as possible and just do your best point by point.’ That’s what help me a lot today, this mindset,” Putintseva explained after the match.
Putintseva, the first Kazakh to reach the fourth round in Flushing Meadows since Yaroslava Shvedova in 2016, becomes the first player from her country ever to make the last eight of the US Open, and adds a third major quarterfinal,