Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Sloane Stephens Through To US Open Quarter-finals

Sloane Stephens Through To US Open Quarter-finals

The drop shot proved to be the Latvian's most effective weapon on Tuesday as she took out the American 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 24 minutes.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are heading to a fifth set in their U.S. Open quarterfinal.

The Swiss was heavy favourite to storm past his opponent but Millman somehow fought his way back from a set down to clinch a 3-6 7-5 7-6 7-6 victory. Cilic defeated Nishikori in the 2014 final when he won his only Slam title.

Williams delivered 13 aces, part of a 35-12 edge in winners.

Anastasija Sevastova never dreamed when she returned from a near two-year retirement in 2015 that she'd be playing in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam. The result means there will be no quarter-final showdown with old rival Novak Djokovic who will now face Millmann instead.

Stephens' triumph over friend and compatriot Madison Keys in last year's final capped a remarkable comeback from injury.

Isner was trying to become the first American man to reach the U.S. Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Sloane Stephens, her dream of a US Open title defence in tatters, was looking ahead to the WTA's Asian swing as a chance to regroup and renew her pursuit of the No. 1 world ranking.

Top-seeded junior Cori "Coco" Gauff won her second round match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, over Romanian Selma Stefania Cadar, before juniors matches were suspended because of the heat. "I think she lost also her nerves a little bit, it's normal".

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time a year ago, so I have nothing to prove", said Williams, who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017.

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Gauff's father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State and her mother, Candi, ran track at Florida State.

But Stephens said afterwards that she had been feeling under the weather in the build-up to the match.

Sloane Stephens saw her hopes of defending her U.S. Open title go up in smoke on Tuesday as Anastasija Sevastova progressed to the semifinals on a red-hot day in NY.

Stephens had beaten Sevastova in the same round previous year en route to her first Grand Slam title.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

No. 3 Stephens mixed her consistent, defense-to-offense style with the occasionally spectacular shot. "I ran back and hit a forehand cross-court - and the crowd went insane", she said.

But Sevastova broke again to go up 3-1. "Defending a title isn't defending", she said.

The policy is a rule on the women's tour but not the men's.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an awesome journey these three to four years", she added.

And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too.

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