Defending champion Stephens knocked out of US Open last eight

Marcus Newton
September 7, 2018

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Top-seeded junior Cori "Coco" Gauff won her second round match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, over Romanian Selma Stefania Cadar, before juniors matches were suspended because of the heat.

"But now, obviously when you win more you have higher goals".

"I didn't play my best", she said.

Gauff's father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State and her mother, Candi, ran track at Florida State.

"Not because I didn't know my game was there, it was because of the moment", she said.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens returned to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 15 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium.

Stephens, who has not dropped a set in four matches at Flushing Meadows this year, lost to Mertens at the Cincinnati warm-up last month but was never in danger of suffering a repeat as she wrapped up the win in 1hr 26min.

Stephens got back on serve from the shade once more but was unable to force a third set, as another break from Sevastova left her serving for the match, which she put to bed at the third time of asking.

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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.

"Considering a year ago 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. The advantage went back and forth, with Sevastova finally winning and going up 5-3. The two will square off in the semi-finals on Thursday, with the 23-time major champion Williams starting as the firm favourite. Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all.

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It was 86 degrees just before the start of Tuesday's quarterfinal between Anastasija Sevastova and defending champion Sloane Stevens on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with temperatures again expected to rise through the 90s.

Nadal was tested in his last two rounds, edging past Karen Khachanov in four close sets in round three, before dropping a set to Basilashvili on Sunday.

And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too.

"I feel like just getting through it in general was all I'm looking at now and not looking back and just moving towards the next match", offered a relieved Williams.

The 28-year-old Sevastova, who avenged last year's quarter-final loss to Stephens in NY to reach her first Grand Slam semi, converted five of her eight break points and saved seven of the nine against her.

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