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Murray enters last 8 of US Open

Britain’s Andy Murray was through to the quarter-finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows here.

The second seed took out Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

With the victory, Murray set up a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who earlier ousted Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in his fourth round match.

The sixth-seeded Venus Williams lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round.

“I was prepared that I’m going to play Venus. It’s going to be tough, because all the people are cheering for her,” Xinhua news agency quoted Pliskova as saying.

Pliskova, 24, who reached last eight in major for first time in her career as she had never been past the third round in 17 appearances at majors before.

Williams, 36, failed to convert a match point as she led 5-4 at the second set while Pliskova was serving at 30-40. But Pliskova erased that with a swinging forehand volley and followed it up with another forehand winner.

“I really played the perfect point there, and she managed to stay alive,” Williams said about the match point she missed after the game.

US Open: Bopanna out of mixed doubles, Sania win
India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski went down fighting in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles but Sania Mirza maintained her march in the women’s doubles.

Bopanna and Gabriela enjoyed a strong start before going down 6-1, 2-6, 8-10 to Robert Farah of Columbia and Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld in 58 minutes.

Seventh seeds Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Krejcikova defeated unseeded American-Japanese pair of Nicole Gibbs and Nao Hibino 6-4,7-5 in a third round match.

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