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Sharapova crashes at US Open to birthday girl Suarez Navarro

NEW YORK (Agencies): Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Spanish birthday girl Carla Suarez Navarro who inflicted the Russian’s first ever night-time loss at the tournament.

Sharapova, the 2006 champion who was trying to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012, hit 38 unforced errors and dropped serve six times. The defeat ended the former world number one’s perfect record of 23 wins — 22 of them on Arthur Ashe Stadium — in night sessions at Flushing Meadows. Suarez Navarro, who celebrated her 30th birthday Monday, was a quarter-finalist in New York in 2013.

“Maria has played here at night many times so I knew I needed to be aggressive, focussed and play solid,” said the 30th seeded Spaniard after clinching a second win in six meetings with Sharapova. “I told myself to run and fight — that’s the way I can play really good tennis.” She will face 2017 runner-up Madison Keys for a place in the semi-finals. “Madison is from the United States so I guess all the crowd will be for her. “I have played her a few times.

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