'Barely standing': US Open epic finishes in 'crushing' scenes

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Bianca Andreescu (pictured left and right) falling down due to injury and Maria Sakkari (pictured middle) celebrating her US Open match win.
Bianca Andreescu (pictured left) was struggling with injury in the final set against Maria Sakkari (pictured middle) in their US Open classic. (Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu and Maria Sakkari took part in an all-time US Open classic match in the round of 16 clash, but the thriller finished in distressing scenes.

Sakkari overcame former US Open champ Andreescu 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted more than three and a half hours, which finished at 2.30am local time.

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But, the match ended in dramatic fashion with Andreescu in severe pain due to an injury to her right leg sustained in the final set.

Andreescu has dealt with a horror run of injuries since her maiden US Open title win in 2019.

And in the match against Sakkari her body again appeared to fail her after taking an MTO in the final set.

Falling behind, Andreescu dramatically attempted to fight back with some big ground strokes.

However, the Canadian fell over multiple times and grimaced with agony as her opponent moved her around the court.

Sakkari was able to close out the match after five match points with both players earning high praise for their relentless efforts.

Andreescu's horror run with injuries

Since winning the 2019 US Open, Andreescu has suffered a tough run of injuries and virus related setbacks.

The Canadian withdrew from the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year.

In May, she retired hurt in the Miami Open final against Ash Barty with a right foot injury.

Since the US Open final in 2019, she spent 15 months on the sidelines with a knee injury before finally returning to the court at the Australian Open in February.

She tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the clay-court campaign and was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round.

Andreescu became Canada's first grand slam singles champion with her 2019 US Open.

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