Clara Burel outclassed by Aryna Sabalenka in US Open third round

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Clara Burel outclassed by Aryna Sabalenka in US Open third round

The step was too high. Far too feverish about her commitments, largely dominated in power and diminished by pain in her right thigh, Clara Burel sank in just over an hour against world 6th Aryna Sabalenka (6-0, 6-2), Saturday in the third round of the US Open.

There was indeed a showdown during the second game of the match. More than ten minutes of combat, eight draws and, finally, the break for the Belarusian on his sixth occasion. Then nothing.

Out of first balls (47% over the whole match) and punished on each of his seconds – it must be said far too neutral (118 km / h on average, sometimes just exceeding 100 km / h) – the 21-year-old Frenchwoman, from the qualifications and strapped to the right thigh (painful since the warm-up of his second round against Van Uytvanck, Thursday), has continued to suffer on his service games.

Only three points won behind his second serves

In total, she won only 9% of the points behind her second engagements (3/32!). Aware of this crippling failure, Burel tensed and forced herself, committing eight double faults. The games marched in favor of Sabalenka until 6-0, 2-0 in 40 minutes.

The Belarusian then passed a little less first balls and the 131st in the world took the opportunity to attack him on the return and pick up at 2-1 then 3-2. But his inability to win any service game (0/7) extinguished his last hopes.

In the round of 16 on Monday, Sabalenka will face Alizé Cornet or Danielle Collins.

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