Defending US Open champ Sloane Stephens bounced out by Anastasija Sevastova
Sloane Stephens’ defence of her US Open title is over after she suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Anastasija Sevastova in the quarter-final.
The third-seeded Stephens had been in emphatic form up until Tuesday’s last-eight encounter, but she wasn’t didn’t find any rhythm against Sevastova as she went down in two sets.
On what was another hot and humid day at Flushing Meadows, the American made 27 unforced errors as the Latvian secured a commanding 6-2, 6-3 victory in one hour and 23 minutes.
Anastasija Sevastova defeats Stephens 6-2, 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018
“Third time lucky, I guess… ” the 19th seed said after she reached the semi-finals having lost in the quarters the two previous years.
Sevastova broke twice in the opening set and three times in the second, but it was a mixed bag in terms of serving for both players in the second set as Stephens also broke twice.
The Latvian will face either Serena Williams or Karolina Pliskova for a place in Sunday’s final.
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