Sloane Stephens wilts to Sevastova in the Open quarterfinals and...?

07 September, 2018, 06:02 | Author: George Williams
  • Karolina Pliskova

Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens learned the hard way on Tuesday that the path to retaining a Grand Slam title is littered with obstacles, including a sauna-like court at Flushing Meadows and sinus infection.

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

Stephens was proud of the way she defended her title and will now hope to fare better during the Asian swing than she did past year, when she failed to win a match for the rest of the season.

Next up for Stephens, who at No. 3 is the highest seed left in the women's draw, is a repeat of last year's quarter-final against Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Playing in her third straight quarterfinals at the US Open - she had lost at that stage the previous two editions-the 28-year-old Sevastova looked primed for the big stage.

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"I think just like I always say, get your racket on it, make a play on the ball, make your opponent play an extra ball", Stephens told reporters.

In doubles action, Rohan Bopanna's campaign ended as he and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost the quarter-final match 3-6, 4-6 to Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Nadal was shockingly shut out in the first set by a 6-0 score, before coming back to take the next two 6-4, 7-5. I worked really hard on that instead of trying to hit a trick shot or do fancy stuff. Entering the quarterfinals at the grand slam, she is on what could be another championship run.

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.

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Next up for Williams is a quarter-final meeting with eighth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Sevastova came into the match having broken her opponent's serve a tournament-leading 23 times. She got closer to Sevastova with a win in the seventh game, looking more like the Sloane Stephens everyone expected to see.

"It was an awesome journey, this three, four years". "Defending a title isn't defending", she said.

"It will be, for me, a dream to play again on Arthur Ashe, for sure, and to play Serena, because obviously last match we played, I won", Pliskova said. Right now you're in the tournament, you're playing next tournament next week, and you don't feel it.

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    Then in July, Williams was runner-up at Wimbledon to German Angelique Kerber . "Of course it's disappointing", Anderson said. Sevastova toppled seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, leaving just two of the top 10 women's seeds remaining.


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