Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Sloane Stephens cruises past Elise Mertens and into US Open quarters

Sloane Stephens US Open Stephens targets redemption in Asia after US Open defeat
Domingo Copeland | 07 September, 2018, 04:46

Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his US Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 in match that ended past 2:00am in NY.

Rafael Nadal of Spain yesterday scraped a close 0/6, 6/4, 7/5, 6/7 (4), 7/5 (5) win over Austria's Dominic Thiem in a classic battle that lasted four hours and 48 minutes at the on-going U.S Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Sevastova coped better with the challenging conditions to book her place in her first Grand Slam semifinal against the victor of the clash between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova.

"I think she played a really good match". "It was tough to play". "The first set was so important", said the 19th-seeded Sevastova, who broke Stephens in the final game to pocket the opening set.

Now he looks ahead to a semi-final where he will either take a 5-11 losing record against Nadal or a ideal 4-0 over Thiem, including a fourth round clash in NY a year ago where he came back from two sets down and saved two match points.

Playing in punishing heat and humidity, with a sinus infection that has plagued her since the tournament began, Stephens shied away from excuses, saying she just didn't play well enough to win.

American tennis participant Sloane Stephens reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, confidently beating the Belgian Elise Mertens with the rating 6:three, 6:three, studies Sport24. It's back to the drawing board for the number 3 player and onto the next tournament be it in Chicago, Quebec City, onto the Asian Swing, the WTA Finals or others. "It's so hot in here", the 28-year-old Sevastova said.

Defending champion Stephens is up first on Arthur Ashe Stadium, facing No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of Stephens' three-set victory in the same round at Flushing Meadows previous year. On this afternoon, del Potro played particularly clean tennis, making only 14 unforced errors, less than a third as many as Isner's 52.

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Though she never really lost command of the match, Sevastova's body language suggested otherwise. For his part, Federer has not played poorly; he made it to the final in Cincinnati just before the start here in NY but was overwhelmed by a surging Novak Djokovic.

Stephens said that despite the manner of her defeat on Tuesday she was content with what she had achieved at this tournament.

Thiem, the ninth seed, is bidding to become the first Austrian to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. The No. 3 seed was broken five times in the 84-minute match.

"It's just very hard to deal with".

"There is still semi-finals", she said.

"I've hit very good down-the-line forehands but too many of them are right on the edge, with very little space".

"I think we nearly all the time have great matches".

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