Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

U.S. Open: Sloane Stephens upset by Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals

U.S. Open: Sloane Stephens upset by Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals

That's where the 19th-seeded Latvian is headed after toppling defending US Open champion Sloane Stephens on Tuesday to break through to the last four in her third straight appearance in the quarter-finals.

She will play the victor of Tuesday's night match between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova in the last four.

She recovered from foot surgery that forced her to miss most of the season and from a ranking that had fallen to almost 1,000 to win her first Grand Slam all inside a year.

In the semifinals, Sevastova will face the victor of the Tuesday night quarterfinal between two former World No.1 players, six-time US Open champion Serena Williams of the United States or 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

"I'm going to play doubles tomorrow [Wednesday] - that's my preparation", said 19th seed Sevastova when asked how she will get ready for the biggest match of her career.

Stephens hit 27 unforced errors and lost 6-2 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer, the five-time champion and looking to end his 10-year wait to add to his total in NY, was beaten by Australia's world No. 55 John Millman 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3).

Williams reached her 36th Grand Slam semifinal and her 12th at Flushing Meadows, where she is a six-time champion.

Karolina Pliskova defeated Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-4, to book a spot in the quarterfinals against Serena Williams.

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Thiem is aware of what he did well to defeat Nadal in the past but maintains that nobody's game matches up well against the world No. 1.

Playing in punishing heat and humidity, with a sinus infection that has plagued her since the tournament began, Stephens shied away from excuses, saying she just didn't play well enough to win.

Sevastova came into the match having broken her opponent's serve a tournament-leading 23 times. "Defending a title isn't defending", she said.

The 14-year-old comes into this tournament as the second-ranked junior in the world after winning the girls' French Open title earlier this year.

"I showed some nerves at the end but it's normal", Sevastova said.

Nadal was tested in his last two rounds, edging past Karen Khachanov in four close sets in round three, before dropping a set to Basilashvili on Sunday.

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