Stephens gets her revenge over Mertens, Latest Tennis News

Jo Caldwell
September 7, 2018

And it's a challenge that doesn't end with her 6-2, 6-3 quarter-final loss to 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova yesterday.

The match on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon was a rematch.

In the semifinals, Sevastova will face the victor of the Tuesday night quarterfinal between two former World No.1 players, six-time US Open champion Serena Williams of the United States or 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

But the 25-year-old American, who lost her quarter-final against Latvian 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets, is not about to lose any sleep over her failed bid at a repeat or let it affect her fighting spirit going forward. "I wish I could have played better, but it just wasn't the day".

The match was played when the temperature pushed above 32 degrees Celsius, prompting tournament officials to implement the extreme heat policy, which has been in effect for most of the tournament.

On Monday, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova crashed out in back-to-back seismic shocks under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.

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Nadal was shockingly shut out in the first set by a 6-0 score, before coming back to take the next two 6-4, 7-5.

He finished with 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults.

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Sharapova, the 2006 champion, suffered a second successive last-16 exit in NY, blasted off court by Carla Suarez Navarro.

"So the fact that I made it to the quarter-finals and played some really good matches and I just competed as hard as I could, I mean, a lot to be proud of".

Serena Williams shook off a slow start to grab eight consecutive games and beat 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 for a spot in the U.S. Open semifinals. It looked like things might be turning around.

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Before that, seventh seed Marin Cilic takes on Kei Nishikori.

This is a rematch of the French Open final, won by Nadal in June.

Pliskova got another chance when Williams batted a forehand into the net, but another booming serve, a backhand victor and an unreturnable serve saw her negotiate the danger. Stephens played the second set with the sun pounding down on her, and the announcers said that only three games all tournament had been won in the sun.

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.

"(Mertens) beat me two weeks ago so I knew that I had to come here and fight and do my best", Stephens said in. I worked really hard on that instead of trying to hit a trick shot or do fancy stuff.

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