Tennis

Gutsy Sevastova knocks Sharapova out of US Open

Anastasija Sevastova in action against Maria Sharapova during their fourth round match at the US Open.
Anastasija Sevastova in action against Maria Sharapova during their fourth round match at the US Open. Ray Stubblebine/REUTERS

Maria Sharapova’s winning run at the US Open was halted by Anastasjia Sevastova, who beat the former world number one 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in their fourth round encounter. Despite the loss, Sharapova, who returned to Grand Slam tennis after serving a 15-month doping ban, considered her run in New York a major step in her comeback.

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“Reflecting back on the week, I can be happy,” Sharapova said. “It has been a really great ride. Ultimately, I can take a lot from this week.”

“She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running for every ball,” Sevastova said.

Sevastova will face Sloane Stephens who ousted Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Kvitova to face Williams (Venus)

The other quarter-final will see two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova take on Venus Williams, seeking her eighth Slam title and third US Open crown.

Kvitova eliminated Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 while Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

“I’m focused on myself and trying to be as aggressive as possible,” Williams said.

“Nobody ever gives you a Slam. You've got to take it and I'm going to try and take it.”

Kvitova’s run has been even more impressive given she missed five months after a knife-wielding home intruder injured her left hand last December.

Carreno Busta v Schwartzman, Anderson v Querrey

In the men’s category, Pablo Carreno Busta faces Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals while Kevin Anderson will take on Sam Querrey.

Querrey beat German Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 while Anderson overcame Paolo Lorenzi’s challenge 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4.

Busta, who has not dropped a set in the tournament, ended qualifier Shapovalov's dream run 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3).

Schwartzman ousted Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

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