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US Open 2018: Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal & Sloane Stephens set for warm quarters

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US Open 2018: Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal & Sloane Stephens set for warm quarters

Sloane Stephens defeated fellow American Madison keys to win the US Open title in 2017
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Protection: Dwell radio protection on BBC Radio 5 dwell sports activities additional; dwell textual content commentaries on the BBC Sport web site

US Open quarter-finalists should cope with extra warmth and humidity on Tuesday, a day after tennis’ largest names toiled within the situations.

Six-time winner Serena Williams and defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens are all in motion on Tuesday, when temperatures are anticipated to achieve 34C in New York.

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic struggled on Monday and Kei Nishikori mentioned the warmth “actually hit him”.

He added: “Glad I gained in three units.”

Djokovic additionally got here via in three units towards Portugal’s Joao Sousa, regardless of coming off courtroom for medical therapy, and Japan’s Nishikori, overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Girls’s world quantity 36 Lesia Tsurenko additionally suffered within the situations throughout her win over Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova.

The Ukrainian mentioned: “I used to be actually dizzy and I requested nature or God or someone, ‘please transfer the shade over quicker’.”

American Stephens continues her defence on Tuesday towards Latvia’s 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova, which begins underneath the noon solar on Arthur Ashe.

That will likely be adopted by Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro’s contest towards one other American, and Wimbledon semi-finalist, John Isner.

Williams and Nadal will take to the primary stage at Flushing Meadows within the later session. Williams, 36, is up towards Karolina Pliskova at midnight BST earlier than Nadal takes on fellow French Open finalist Dominic Thiem.

The American has solely twice performed Pliskova in her profession. The final time they met was on the 2016 US Open semi-finals when the Czech participant got here via in two units.

“She got here out robust and he or she got here out very effectively,” mentioned the 23-time main winner. “I’ve watched her a terrific deal since then.

“I’ve taken lots from that match and I believe we’re in several positions now. Will probably be an attention-grabbing match.”

Williams and Stephens will face one another in an all-American semi-final in the event that they each win on Tuesday.

BBC Sport – Tennis
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