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Stevens reached the quarter-finals of the US Open

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Chelsea Rogers | 07 September, 2018, 04:51

Defending champion Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the US Open in the quarter-finals after defeat by 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Considering everything the Argentine star had gone through to get back to playing the best tennis of his life - much less Tuesday's 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 U.S. Open fourth-round comeback - it must've seemed like "The Shawshank Redemption".

Next up for the 28-year-old is the victor of the evening match between six-time champion Serena Williams and Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Sevastova said: "It was very physical today, it was tough to play, it's so hot". "I was playing really not a good game", said Williams, who was a point from trailing 4-1 and did fall behind 4-2 while making 22 of her 30 unforced errors in the first set. "Not because I didn't know my game was there, it was because of the moment", she said. Stephens has dropped just a single set so far during her time at the US Open.

American tennis star Sloane Stephens has found her rhythm at the 2018 US Open.

It is a mentality Stephens has developed over the past week at Flushing Meadows, having felt the weight of expectation in her opening matches.

Defending champion Stephens is up first on Arthur Ashe Stadium, facing No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of Stephens' three-set victory in the same round at Flushing Meadows past year. You've got to play. But Sevastova held her concentration and her serve before racing to break in the next. Mentally, physically, I just wasn't connecting. She was finally able to answer back with a win in the sixth game to bring her to 4-2, though that also came with a language warning from the umpire.

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There was a wobble for Williams as she dropped her serve in the second set, coughing up one of her five double faults on break point as Pliskova narrowed the gap to 4-1.

Thiem, the ninth seed, is bidding to become the first Austrian to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. Sevastova, meanwhile, was a flawless two-for-two.

More than just a three hour, 31 minute marathon, the quarter-final was a test of survival played in suffocating humidity so extreme that officials called a halt to junior matches on the outside courts for more than two hours.

"Defending a title is very hard, very difficult."

"I hate matches like this", Tsurenko said.

Del Potro now has two days off before the semi-finals but will be keeping to himself, saying: "If I met them it could be unsafe for me". She plays a little bit different than most girls.

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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