US Open 2018: Defending champion Sloane Stephens knocked out by Anastasija Sevastova
|2018 US Open|
|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Protection: Dwell radio protection on BBC Radio 5 reside sports activities further; reside textual content commentaries on the BBC Sport web site|
Defending champion Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the US Open within the quarter-finals after defeat by Latvia’s 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
The American third seed appeared to battle bodily in excessive temperatures in New York, with the acute warmth coverage once more in place.
Stephens hit 27 unforced errors and misplaced 6-2 6-Three on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Sevastova will face Serena Williams within the first Grand Slam semi-final of her profession on Thursday.
The excessive temperatures have been a major subject throughout this 12 months’s championships with the situations described as “harmful” within the opening rounds.
“I feel it was very bodily right this moment and hard to play,” Sevastova mentioned.
“It was so scorching within the stadium. I simply saved combating.”
Stephens struggled together with her motion, was repeatedly being caught out by Sevastova’s drop shot and after quite a lot of wayward errors was bent double on the courtroom.
She didn’t put up a combat in a one-way first set and shortly fell 4-1 behind within the second.
Inspired by her house crowd, the world quantity three threatened a comeback by getting the match again on serve at 4-Three however was then damaged once more earlier than Sevastova served out.
‘I believed possibly I would make the highest 100’
The career-best Grand Slam efficiency for Sevastova comes after she retired from the game in 2013 due to recurring accidents solely to return in 2015.
The 28-year-old was showing in her third Grand Slam quarter-final – the earlier two additionally coming on the US Open in 2016 and 2017 – and admitted she was not anticipating to hit such heights on her return to the game.
“I didn’t have many targets,” mentioned the Latvian. “Possibly the highest 100.
“However now, clearly whenever you win extra you’ve gotten larger targets. And whenever you’re profitable a match, you suppose that is regular.”
Stephens mentioned that regardless of the way of her defeat on Tuesday she was content material with what she had achieved at this match.
“The truth that I made it to the quarter-finals, performed some actually good matches and I competed as exhausting as I might, means I’ve rather a lot to be pleased with.
“Defending a title could be very exhausting, very troublesome. In the event you had been defending, you would be enjoying the identical actual individuals another time, which I did not.
“I am not going to dwell on it. Simply hold constructing. There’s 4 extra tournaments left. I am simply going to attempt to play the remainder of the season as exhausting as I can and hopefully have some extra good outcomes.”