US Open semi-finalist Sevastova stays in the moment

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She has had her best results in her second career, particularly in NY, where she has now reached the quarter-finals twice and the semi-finals once in the last three years. You've still got a lot of work to go. "I think I try not to put too much emphasis on defending the title, just try to come in and win as many matches as possible".

"Thiem is more of a specialist on clay, and so am I, so it [playing him on hard court] is not something favorable for me", the US Open defending champion told Spanish press on Sunday following his four-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Sloane Stephens hits a backhand against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a quarter-final match on day nine of the 2018 US Open tennis tournament in New York September 4, 2018.

Williams fell behind again in the seventh game, but erased a 0-40 deficit with a 112 miles per hour (180 Km/h) service victor followed by a another service victor and an ace.

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Kei Nishikori , runner-up in 2014, was also pleased to get through in three sets in blazing sunshine on Louis Armstrong Stadium. His next assignment is a rematch of June's French Open final, in which he crushed Thiem in straight sets to win his 17th major.

Stephens said that despite the manner of her defeat on Tuesday she was content with what she had achieved at this tournament. And when you're, like, winning a tournament, you think that's normal. She made three errors with and Stephens belted a forehand victor for the break and a 4-3 lead.

Sloane Stephens of the United States (L) shakes hands with Elise Mertens of Belgium (R) after their match in the fourth round on day seven of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The momentum didn't quite carry over.

Serena Williams survived a scare from giant-killer Kaia Kanepi to claim a rollercoaster 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win and move into the quarter-finals, a step closer to a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title. "I worked really hard on that".

Djokovic reached the quarter finals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over unseeded Joao Sousa. Pliskova defeated Williams in the semifinals in 2016 before losing to Angelique Kerber in the final.

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The Open announcers said that she was battling a cold, and the absolutely stifling conditions weren't helping her energy level.

"The last games, it was good that I played in the shade". I'm not going to dwell on it.

In the first set Sevastova won all the key drawings - the Latvian has implemented 2 out of 2 break points and his serve played 7 Stevens attempts to take the game at the reception. Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all.

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