Latvian Sevastova stuns defending champ Stephens in US Open quarters

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But when she fell behind 0-40 in the seventh game she rescued herself with 112 miles per hour (180 km/h) service victor followed by another service victor and an ace. As the mercury rose above 37 degree Celsius at the barely-filled Arthur Ashe Stadium and the humidity sapped energy, Sevastova tightened the noose around Stephens.

It was only the fourth time in his long Grand Slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years. I just enjoying playing tennis again. Entering the quarterfinals at the grand slam, she is on what could be another championship run. Her season was building up towards the last Slam of the season.

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals of the US Open. Upsets will come and be in Sloane Stephens favor or be against her.

It was too much of the match played in the shadows of an afternoon on court which reaked havoc on the two players. The petite Latvian was seen constantly frowning and mumbling to her box.

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.

"I think today I just really couldn't get anything to connect", Stephens said.

"I'm trying!" she responded to a plea from the crowd to pick it up in the second set. Also good serve and moving well.

For her part, Sevastova denied that she played an abundance of drop shots to exploit the evident heat-induced sluggishness of Stephens.

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Throughout the match Stephens complained about the heat and there were some questions as to whether or not the players should have stayed on.

Del Potro said: "I'm so happy to reach another semi-final in my favourite tournament that's very special to me".

It was Stephens' less-heralded Latvian opponent who has been taking her opportunities in NY.

Williams trailed by a break in the opening set and then was a point from going down a double break before she turned things around against the Czech eighth seed.

The All England Club's main tennis committee will gather and, according to influential figures there, the most likely outcome is introducing a 12-12 cut-off. But having returned to tennis in 2015, Sevastova has risen steadily through the ranks and is now ranked No 18 in the world.

It was already 2.04am and four hours and 49 minutes into the tightest of matches when he finally overcame Dominic Thiem, edging a sudden death shootout to make tomorrow's semi-finals at Flushing Meadows.

"I had done not many goals", she said of her plans upon returning. "Maybe the top 100". On this afternoon, del Potro played particularly clean tennis, making only 14 unforced errors, less than a third as many as Isner's 52. "So that's why I win a lot of those matches which are not great, not easy".

Only once in the professional era that began in 1968 had Japan had a men's and women's player in the quarterfinals at the same tournament.

"You think, 'Oh, but in the end it's awesome, yeah?' You can't believe, yeah". You can't believe. So, after I stop, at some point I will look at it and I will be proud of myself, for sure. Thiem has never won a major tournament.

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