Stephens upset by Sevastova in US Open quarters

Sloane Stephens

He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".

Sloane Stephens of the United States serves against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) in a quarter-final match. But Stephens leaves Flushing neither crushed nor embarrassed. "I mean, it's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser". At the US Open, she seemed to be cruising after having squeezed out of a tight spot in the second round against Anhelina Kalinina, winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. And it'll make Friday's semifinal that much sweeter.

The players took a 10-minute break at the end of the third set, and Del Potro said: "I lay down on the table and I didn't want to come back again because with this heat it's impossible to play tennis". The 20-year-old became the first Japanese woman in the US Open last-eight since Shinobu Asagoe in 2004.

"This is going to be life-changing for myself and Maddie and something that we're very excited about", Isner said. "She handled it better". She got closer to Sevastova with a win in the seventh game, looking more like the Sloane Stephens everyone expected to see.

"I'm trying!" she responded to a plea from the crowd to pick it up in the second set.

The Argentine had the sole break chance in the opening set but the third seed could not convert, while Isner had a mini-break at 3-3 in the tiebreak and turned that into a 1-0 lead.

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.

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

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The eighth-seeded Czech toppled Williams to reach her first Grand Slam final here in 2016.

Even though Stephens put up some resistance in the second set, clawing back from 2-1 and 4-1 down, she couldn't quite shake Sevastova off.

Pliskova is the last woman to beat Williams at the US Open, eliminating her in the semifinals two years ago.

Sevastova will now face Serena Williams in the last four.

Stephens said that despite the manner of her defeat on Tuesday she was content with what she had achieved at this tournament. "All in all, he probably handled it a little bit better".

The Latvian had no apparent power or pace, but she had the touch and variety to smother Stephens' game. Sevastova sealed the upset a game later. But the beaten defending champ can hold her head high.

'And obviously defending a title is very hard, very difficult.

"We fought the whole match and I survived with my serve which was key".

Wimbledon will be the most adamant of the four in resisting moves to extend legal coaching during matches, but there is likely to be more agreement on ditching the idea of reducing the number of seeds from 32 to 16.

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