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Summary

  1. Venus Williams (US) beats Maria Sakkari (Gre) 6-3 6-4
  2. Kyle Edmund (GB) retires with neck injury while trailing 3-6 6-3 6-3 1-0 to Denis Shapovalov (Can)

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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Maria headlines night session

Maria Sharapova
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We're going to call it a night for our coverage on this page but be sure to stay across all of the action from the night session.

Maria Sharapova is once again the main attraction on Arthur Ashe as she faces Sofia Kenin of the USA.

There is also plenty of interest for the home crowd in the men's draw with John Isner and Sam Querrey due on court.

Have a check of our tennis page in the early hours for our report from New York or stay across our latest scores page here.

Recap...

Kyle Edmund
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So that brings an end to the day session in New York.

If you missed it, it was bad news on the British front as Kyle Edmund was forced to retire against Denis Shapovalov.

Elsewhere in the men's draw, fifth seed Marin Cilic is out after losing to Diego Schwarzman. That means John Isner is the only top-15 player left in the bottom half of the draw.

In the women's draw Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova join Venus Williams in the fourth round.

Venus Williams, speaking on court, is asked about her poor service game: "The best thing to do is to put it behind you. You can't change the past. That kind of game doesn't happen too often.

"I'm most happy about winning. The last time we played we had such a battle. To win in straight sets shows playing good tennis.

On her next opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro: "She plays a similar game to my opponent today - she's feisty, and really stretches you around court. I know I've got to come out and play well and have you all behind me."

No we don't. Quite rightly Venus is happy to talk about her win.

Full quotes coming up...

Anyway. Venus is up from her chair for the on court interviews.

Will we get some baby news?

Game, set and match - Williams

Williams 6-3 6-4 Sakkari

"Game, set, match Miss Williams". The words we have heard so often.

Not vintage Venus Williams by any means but she is through.

Venus Williams
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*Williams 6-3 5-4 Sakkari

Right. Up steps Venus. Can she hold off the service wobbles.

Strong start. First serve in and Sakkari goes long 15-0.

Another first serve. Not her fastest. In fact it is just 83mph but Sakkari nets. Maybe she was taken by surprise by the lack of pace. 30-0.

Venus Williams
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Now the foot fault is back just as Williams goes for the big serve. Sakkari capitalises. 30-15.

But now the Greek player goes long. 40-15. After an hour and 15 minutes. Venus Williams has two match points...

David Law

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator at Flushing Meadows

The crowd are making sure that Venus Williams knows she's appreciated. They want her to get the job done here.

*Williams 6-3 5-4 Sakkari

Can Venus wrap this up and get on the phone to her little sis? I'm sure that's what she'd like. Sakkari doesn't look like handing this to her though as at 30-30 she comes to the net to finish off a point.

Now Williams nets. She's going to have to serve this one out.

Williams 6-3 5-3 Sakkari*

Finally we see some normality after three consecutive breaks of serve.

Venus rattles through a service game to end the mayhem. We'll forgive her if she was a little distracted in this set given the circumstances.

Venus is a game away from round four...

Venus Williams
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Williams breaks

*Williams 6-3 4-3 Sakkari

And the crowd get what they were after. She brings up a fourth break point and Sakkari goes long.

The world number 95 is annoyed. She whacks the ball away in frustration after the line judges' call.

She knows she'll never have a better chance to take a set off the great Venus Williams.

Williams 6-3 3-3 Sakkari*

The Williams grunt is getting louder and louder as she desperately looks to increase her advantage in this match. She gets to 0-40 but Sakkari does brilliantly to fight off the three break points. She just keeps hanging in the rallies and at the moment Williams is missing.

"Come on Venus," shouts someone in the crowd. She needs her home crowd's support.

Venus Williams
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Courtney Nguyen

WTA reporter on BBC Radio

Her box are up on their feet. It was good point construction from Sakkari.

Venus and Serena are fairly quiet but when they need that extra boost they get louder and sometimes for the lower-ranked players it's important to remind your opponent you're battling. Those emotional shifts can matter.

Sakkari breaks back

Williams 6-3 3-3 Sakkari*

And Sakkari takes the first break point!

A lovely backhand down the line seals it. Mum applauds from the player's box. These have been a remarkable few games.

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*Williams 6-3 3-2 Sakkari

Another double fault, Venus' eighth of the match. And now the foot fault problems return. Sakkari takes advantage on the following second serve. The ball was there to be hit and the Greek player takes advantage, whizzing a forehand cross court.

Now Sakkari is inching her way to the net. A nice angle sets up the put away.

Sakkari has two more break points...

Order of play - day six

Arthur Ashe Court (from 16:00 BST)

Karolina Pliskova v Shuai Zhang

Agnieszka Radwanska v CoCo Vandeweghe

Rafael Nadal v Leonardo Mayer

From 00:00 BST

Roger Federer v Feliciano Lopez

Elena Vesnina v Madison Keys

order of play
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Williams breaks

*Williams 6-3 3-2 Sakkari

This really is an odd match.

Now Venus Williams breaks serve to love. One minute ago she was serving a game of double faults, now she's crunching backhands that are nearly knocking Sakkari back into the blue backboards behind the baseline.

Will Venus let a break slip again?

Venus holds

Williams 6-3 2-2 Sakkari*

Venus is tentative on her serve after those errors. Just over 90mph (just I know!) with her first effort into the middle of the box but her opponent pushes a little too hard.

There are just a few too many forehand errors from Sakkari at the moment, especially when Venus is struggling.

Maria Sakkari
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*Williams 6-3 1-2 Sakkari

Right. Can Venus Williams get a serve in play? Yes! Finally she finds the service box with a second serve after missing nine in a row.

But now the forehand fails. It hits the top of the net. And again at 15-30. What has happened to the seven-time Grand Slam champion?

Venus Williams
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*Williams 6-3 1-2 Sakkari

I'm still in shock and so are the crowd. Venus tosses away a racquet after that previous game. It gives myself and every other club player up and down the country a boost. Even the pros do it.

More errors off the Williams strings. Sakkari turns and clenches her fist to her box. Suddenly this match is interesting.

Venus' serve 'collapses'

Courtney Nguyen

WTA reporter

What a bizarre game. Back to back double faults. She was collapsing on serve and she was out of rhythm.

That came out of nowhere.

Williams hands back break of serve

Williams 6-3 1-1 Sakkari*

Venus Williams
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What. On. Earth.

I cannot believe this.

Venus Williams has just served up an entire game of double faults. Four of them in a row. The crowd gasp in amazement.

Did that really just happen?

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

The top seeds seem to be getting out of Flushing Meadows as fast as possible, but there is still plenty of tennis going on - and another 70,000 or so spectators will pass the through the gates today. The doubles is in full swing on the outside courts now, while Borna Coric has had his knee strapped up as he battles at two sets down against Kevin Anderson on Grandstand. It could be last man standing in the bottom half of the draw, literally.

New York
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Williams breaks

*Williams 6-3 1-0 Sakkari

Perfect start to the second set for Venus and this is now looking a tall order for Sakkari.

The 22-year-old yelps some encouragement at herself as she fights back to 30-30 but the release of pressure is only short lived.

More heavy hitting from Venus followed by an unforced error and Sakkari is broken.

Williams 6-3 Sakkari

Venus Williams
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Just over half an hour gone and Venus has the first set in the bag but a deeper look shows that was not perfect tennis from the American. Twelve unforced errors to six winners as well as a handful of foot faults.

Can she win this tournament on this form? The women's draw is wide open of course.

Speaking of Grand Slam successes in the Williams family... Bookmakers are already taking bets on Serena's yet to be officially confirmed baby winning Wimbledon. Can't ask for better genes.

Game and first set - Williams

Williams 6-3 Sakkari

Venus Williams
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Here's Venus serving for this first set.

She breezes to 40-0 before a double fault sees Sakkari into the game.

The American adjusts the cap. Big gold earrings swinging by her cheeks.

That's a punishing point from Venus and she takes the first set with relative ease.

*Williams 5-3 Sakkari

Maria Sakkari
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Maria Sakkari is now grunting as she jumps into her first serve. She makes an excellent start to the game with her second winner of the match, this one off the backhand side.

A few errors from Williams follow and Sakkari survives a little longer in this set.

There's a bit of confusion on the final point as the umpire calls the wrong score but the players get there in the end. The umpire in the chair looks a little sheepish.

Williams 5-2 Sakkari*

For the second time in the match Venus Williams has been called for a foot fault. Not something you see too often.

I remember a Serena match finishing in controversy after an outburst at a line judge over a similar issue a few years back but Venus is much calmer. She just shrugs and serves up a heavy second serve.

Another comfortable service game. Sakkari now needs to hold to prolong this set.

Serena Williams
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'Fiery' Sakkari

Courtney Nguyen

WTA reporter

Sakkari is a very fiery athlete and fiery competitor. She always does her best at Grand Slams. She can get usually get into the second and third round at majors. She hasn't been able to find the same at tour level but she will love being here playing Venus.

Maria Sakkari
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Williams breaks

*Williams 4-2 Sakkari

The serve has deserted Maria Sakkari.

Two double faults and Venus Williams has three break points...

Easy as that. Another error from the Greece player.

There's the difference in class all of a sudden. Williams strikes when she sees the chance, albeit with a fair bit of help from her opponent.

Venus Williams
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Williams 3-2 Sakkari*

That's a much more comfortable service game for Williams.

Venus Williams
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The crowd haven't really got into this one yet. There are definitely more bums on seats in Arthur Ashe stadium than at any time during this fifth day.

It's all calm for now but I think I know which side they'll be on later if this gets close.

*Williams 2-2 Sakkari

Like Venus before her, Sakkari comes through a service game after being taken to deuce.

The world number 95 is looking calm on the big stage. It's a court Venus could almost call home.

Maria Sakkari
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Williams 2-1 Sakkari*

Danger for Sakkari.

She strays wide with a forehand and is now break point down with Venus prowling at the other end.

Good first serve. She doesn't have the height of her opponent but that serve still had plenty of power and good accuracy. Break point saved. Deuce.

Williams 2-1 Sakkari*

The Venus serve is not in full flow yet. She double faults to give Sakkari a look at another service game at 15-30.

Maria Sakkari
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Sakkari looks to take the game to her with more punishing forehands but can't quite string two points together that would give her the game.

Again Venus is taken to deuce but she holds on as Sakkri hits long over the baseline.

*Williams 1-1 Sakkari

Maria Sakkari's long ponytail is swishing around behind her as she hits her groundstrokes with plenty of height despite being short in height.

You don't see this often from Venus. She works the point perfectly, setting up an easy put away at the net, but blasts the ball long.

Positive start for Sakkari. She holds.

Williams 1-0 Sakkari*

Venus Williams
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Venus battles through.

Maria Sakkari is taking the attack to her far more experienced opponent on the return of serve but these two fly over the baseline.

Venus wanders expressionless to her chair.

Williams 0-0 Sakkari

The Williams serves slowly gets itself going after a wayward start as a 113mph serve takes her to 40-30.

That's long though and we go to deuce in the first game of the match.

A crunching winner from the American but Sakkari hits back with a strong return. Deuce number two.

Venus Williams
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Williams 0-0 Sakkari

Here we go then. The warm-ups are done.

Venus is showing no signs of distraction at all with the baby news.

She is looking composed, slowly striding to the baseline.

Williams to serve first...

Venus Williams and Martina Hingis
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This year marks 20 years since Venus Williams' US Open debut when she reached the final as a 17-year-old, losing to Martina Hingis.

In fact today's opponent Maria Sakkari was just two years old when Venus made her debut at Flushing Meadows and Denis Shapolalov who we have just seen wasn't even born.

Williams is still going strong though. It has been a sensational year.

It seems as though Venus has just confirmed the news of Serena giving birth to a baby girl.

Asked what she thought about the news, big sister V said: "I am super excited. Words can't describe."