US Open: Defending Champion Sloane Stephens lost in the US Open quarters

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US Open 2017 title winner Sloane Stephens ended with a 2-6, 3-6 quarter-final thrashing to Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday as the Latvian retaliated for a 2017 misfortune to the American at a similar stage. Sevastova, through to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam out of the blue, will confront either 23-time significant victor Serena Williams or eighth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova for a place in the last in the wake of toppling Stephens in fierce warmth and mugginess on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I think it was very physical today. It’s tough to play, so hot in here. The first set was so important,” said the nineteenth seeded Sevastova, who broke Stephens in the last diversion to stash the opening set.

She earned the remainder of five breaks in the second set to take a 5-3 lead and served it out on her third match moment that an exhausted Stephens put a strike into the net.

“I showed some nerves at the end but it’s normal,” Sevastova said.

With the warmth, stickiness and bursting sun joining to make conditions sufficiently unsafe that coordinators suspended junior matches, the pieces of shade on the gigantic Ashe court were important.

“When the shade was there it was so hot here and amazing there,” Sevastova said of the complexity of playing on the shady or radiant end of the court.

“The last games, it was good that I played in the shade. The sun was not comfortable and it was hot.”

Stephens was positioned 83rd on the planet when she disturb Sevastova in three sets in the quarter-finals a year ago, trailing by a break in the third set before winning it in a sudden death round.

Presently number three in the world, Stephens joined a mass migration of women’s seeds that saw top-positioned Simona Halep and number two Caroline Wozniacki exit in the starting two rounds.

 

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