Stephens cruises past Mertens and into U.S. Open quarters

07 September, 2018, 04:50 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Sloane Stephens US Open

The Spanish player marked her 30th birthday in style with a memorable 6-4, 6-3 win over the five-time Grand Slam champion whose last Grand Slam win was in Paris in 2014.

By failing to step up her game for the key points, Stephens allowed the match to get away from her quickly and despite a late fightback, was in no shape to pull off a comeback. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date lost in that round.

CZECH Republic's Karolina Pliskova returns the ball against Serena Williams of the United States during their quarter-final. Isner was trying to become the first American male semifinalist at the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006.

The All England Club's main tennis committee will gather and, according to influential figures there, the most likely outcome is introducing a 12-12 cut-off.

Cilic appeared to be coasting after taking the first set and opening a 4-2 lead in the second. "She has big spin on the forehand". I'm just going to try to play the rest of the season as hard as I can and hopefully have some more good results'.

However, one of Nishikori's wins came in the semi-finals in NY in 2014 when the Japanese star finished runner-up to Marin Cilic.

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.

"I did not have many goals", said the Latvian.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

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The No. 20 seed moved from Japan to NY at age 3, and her deepest major run is coming at the same tournament she first visited as a child.

"I saw she was struggling", Sevastova said. "I think it would be really cool".

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.

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've had the chance to really appreciate all the things that happened to me during my career because I had in different moments tough injuries, ' he said, reeling off his litany of physical problems over his career. "She admitted that it just wasn't the day". Even, as she says, she's not defending. "I was not feeling well", she said. "Normally he doesn't lose to nobody 6-0".

Stephens hit 27 unforced errors and lost 6-2 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high-80s (30s Celsius) but feeling some 10 degrees hotter with the humidity.

And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too. Make your opponent play an extra ball.

"Takes its toll on us players - myself and, I think, Juan", Isner said.

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