Shapovalov youngest into fourth round since 1989

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September 02, 2017
Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a shot from Kyle Edmund, of Great Britain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, yesterday. (AP Photo)

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov became the youngest man to reach the US Open's fourth round since Michael Chang was 17 in 1989. The 18-year-old Shapovalov advanced to the round of 16 at a major tournament for the first time when Kyle Edmund of Britain stopped playing because of a neck injury on Friday.

Sloane Stephens advanced to the fourth round, something she last did in 2013. The 24-year-old American won for the 11th time in her past 13 matches as she continues her comeback from foot surgery, beating Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-2, 6-4. Stephens went 11 months without entering a tournament because of an injured left foot. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July.

Before reaching consecutive semi-finals at hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in August, Stephens was ranked 934th. She came to Flushing Meadows at number 83 and will keep rising.

Not too long ago, Stephens appeared to be a rising star in tennis, making at least the fourth round at six consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, including a semi-final run at the 2013 Australian Open.

Now she is into the second week at a major for the first time since the 2015 French Open.

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