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

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

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

Anastasia Sevastova in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open unexpectedly beat last year's champion of the tournament, Sloane Stephens.

But Cilic suddenly rose to the occasion and deployed his ballistic forehand to get back on serve at 5-5 before securing the opener after an error-filled tiebreak by both players.

"I just really couldn't get anything to connect".

The career-best Grand Slam performance for Sevastova comes after she retired from the sport in 2013 because of recurring injuries only to return in 2015. "If you were able to play the same people in a row again and beat all of them again, that would be defending your title", said Stephens.

The match on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon was a rematch.

Next up for Stephens, who at number three is the highest seed left in the women's draw, is a repeat of last year's quarter-final against Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

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. "I ran back and hit a forehand cross-court - and the crowd went insane", she said. Sevastova, forced out of the game by injuries in 2013 before launching a comeback almost two years later, showed some steely resolve, serving it out on her third match-point opportunity.

"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. "Maybe the top 100". Right now you're in the tournament, you're playing next tournament next week, and you don't feel it, you know.

Nadal was tested in his last two rounds, edging past Karen Khachanov in four close sets in round three, before dropping a set to Basilashvili on Sunday.

The 14-year-old comes into this tournament as the second-ranked junior in the world after winning the girls' French Open title earlier this year.

"The fact that I made it to the quarter-finals, played some really good matches and I competed as hard as I could, means I have a lot to be proud of".

"You think, 'Oh, but in the end it's awesome, yeah?' You can't believe, yeah".

She then dropped her racket and held her hands to her face as a Stephens shot went into the net on the match's final point. A year ago he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here. Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all.

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