The offender Svitolina sensationally reached the semi-finals of the US Open

The offender Svitolina sensationally reached the semi-finals of the US Open

NEW YORK -Defending champion Sloane Stephens just keeps sailing along.

"Considering past year after this tournament I s*** the bed for like 10 tournaments in a row, I definitely don't have any points to defend", she said.

Sloane Stephens' defense of her 2017 U.S. Open title ended on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

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

"Sometimes it doesn't have to be the best shot, but making them play another shot, you might get another opportunity". "When you're winning a tournament, you think that's normal".

"I think it was very physical today", Sevastova, who lost to Stephens during a U.S. Open tune-up in Montreal last month, said during her on-court interview.

World number three Stephens beat fellow American Madison Keys in the final in NY previous year to win the first grand slam of her career. "That's the most important thing to me". Right now you're in the tournament, you're playing next tournament next week, and you don't feel it, you know. Mertens lobbed Stephens deep into deuce court, but Stephens, in full sprint, ran it down and hit a magnificent cross-court forehand victor with the stunned Mertens racing to the net.

In the seventh game Mertens balky forehand came undone. On account of a Stevens sixteen winners, one double and 25 unforced errors, and carried out 4 break factors out of eight.




Rafael Nadal has faced off with Dominic Thiem on 10 previous occasions but on Tuesday, the pair will meet on hard courts for the first time, with a place in the US Open semi-finals on the line. The momentum didn't quite carry over.

After taking a 4-1 lead in the second set, Sevastova admitted that memories of last year's quarter-final against Stephens flashed across her mind. "I can win it maybe next week again".

Next up for Williams is a quarter-final meeting with eighth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.

"I did not have many goals", Sevastova said of her return. "Since then, we didn't play".

"I hope I will enjoy it, playing semi-finals".

It hasn't been an outstanding season for Pliskova, who has one tournament victory, but a positive outlook carries her forward.

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time past year, so I have nothing to prove", said Williams, who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017. "So that's why I win a lot of those matches which are not great, not easy".

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