World No.1 Victoria Azarenka knocked out defending US Open champ Sam Stosur from Flushing Meadows in a three set thriller on Tuesday.
Azarenka knocked out the seventh seed Stosur, 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-5), but not before the Aussie fought back from a set down to push the Belarusian to the brink.
In a game of huge moments, both players completed incredible shots in order to keep their tournament alive.
Stosur gave up the first set far too easily, but powered through the second before finding herself down in a 2-4 hole in the deciding third set. Not long after some forehand brilliance saw Stosur tie it up at five games apiece.
It eventually boiled down to a tiebreaker and Stosur seemed to crumbled under the pressure as Ararenka hit her way to a 4-0 lead, but Stosur regained her composure to draw the tiebreaker at five. A forehand that clipped the net and set up Azarenka for an easy point and she followed that up with a groundstroke that broke the Australian’s defences and she sending the ball well out of play to lose the tiebreaker.
"I have no words to describe that," Azarenka said.
"I think she played amazing. She made me play my best tennis.
"You could feel the pressure all the time but we both gave it our all and fought really hard. We made each other run like crazy."
It was a gutsy performance by Stosur, especially considering that she didn’t have a good record against Azarenka; Stosur hadn’t won a set against the Belarusian in their last six encounters.