Sevastova makes incredible comeback from retirement to semis

Sloane Stephens US Open

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

"I think it was very physical today", Sevastova, who lost to Stephens during a US Open tune-up in Montreal last month, said during her on-court interview."It was tough to play". We showed some nerves in the end but it's normal.

Now she's aiming for a strong finish to the year.

Stephens was an 83rd-ranked outsider when she roared to the title previous year, cementing her return from an 11-month injury absence.

For a spot within the semi-finals of the event, Stephens will compete with the tennis participant from Latvia Anastasiya Sevastopol, which is within the fourth spherical beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

Sevastova said: "It was an fantastic journey, this three, four years".

"In the end it's unbelievable, you can't believe it. After I stop, I will look back and be proud of myself, I am sure". I don't know. It's going to be a close match, I think.

Having reached her second Grand Slam final at this year's French Open before an encouraging tune-up to Flushing Meadows, Stephens was considered a favourite.

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Sevastova is one of the wiliest players on tour, mixing up slices, spins and angles and generally making life very uncomfortable for a player like Stephens who feeds off consistency of pace. Stephens would take the championships match, winning 6-3 6-0. There were only a few more games that Sevastova had to do in sealing the round and Stephens' unforced errors were part of the problem which kept appearing like an unwanted guest at a celebration.

Indeed Stephens fought back to narrow the gap to 4-3, but Sevastova grabbed another break with a well-timed drop shot for a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory on her third match point when a tired Sephens put a backhand into the net.

"I did not have many goals", said the Latvian.

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Victory for Latvian Sevastova sees her reach the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career.

Asked what positives she would take from her performances, the 25-year-old said: "That I could have s*** the bed in the first round, and that would have been really bad". So I'm not going to dwell on it.

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

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