'17 champ Stephens wins quite a point, returns to US Open QF

'17 champ Stephens wins quite a point, returns to US Open QF

'17 champ Stephens wins quite a point, returns to US Open QF

Sloane Stephens's US Open title defense ended with a 6-2, 6-3 quarter-final defeat to Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday as the Latvian avenged a 2017 loss to the American at the same stage.

Pliskova got another chance when Williams batted a forehand into the net, but another booming serve, a backhand victor and an unreturnable serve saw her negotiate the danger.

"It was a really tough day and the heat didn't make it anymore fun". She spent two years studying leisure management but returned to tennis once she felt fully healthy.

Sevastova herself relies on variety more than power, and she caught a slow-moving Stephens with a number of drop shots and drop-shot lob combinations.

"I had done not many goals", she said of her plans upon returning.

"I think just like I always say, get your racquet on it, make a play on the ball, make your opponent play an extra ball", Stephens told reporters. "If you were to play the same people in a row again and beat all of them again, that would be defending your title".

Serving for the match at 5-3 Williams didn't allow any room for doubt, holding at love with two aces and an overhead smash followed by one last ace.

Stephens and Sevastova met at the same stage a year ago, with the American coming from a break down in the final set before winning on a deciding tie-break.

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Stephens, 25, put pressure on her opponent's serve throughout the first set, but failed to convert any of the seven break points in her favor.

In the first set Sevastova won all the key drawings - the Latvian has implemented 2 out of 2 break points and his serve played 7 Stevens attempts to take the game at the reception.

"I showed some nerves at the end but it's normal", Sevastova said. "Maybe the top 100". It's back to the drawing board for the number 3 player and onto the next tournament be it in Chicago, Quebec City, onto the Asian Swing, the WTA Finals or others. Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all.

"In the end it's awesome, you can't believe it".

After taking a 4-1 lead in the second set, Sevastova admitted that memories of last year's quarter-final against Stephens flashed across her mind. "After I stop, I will look back and be proud of myself, I am sure".

"There is still semi-finals", she said.

"Either way, against Serena or Karolina, it's going to be a tough match".


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