Stephens looks to Asia after US Open ouster

Stephens looks to Asia after US Open ouster

American tennis star Sloane Stephens has found her rhythm at the 2018 US Open. And when you're, like, winning a tournament, you think that's normal.

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

"But I know what you're talking about", said, then proceeded to give her own play-by-play.

Gauff received a wild card this year into the qualifiers for the main draw at Flushing Meadows, but lost 6-4, 6-1 to Heather Watson of England. Stephens has dropped just a single set so far during her time at the US Open.

She finished the match with 13 aces and will take on Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the final after the 19th-seeded Latvian toppled defending champion Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3.

Sevastova, who retired from tennis in 2013 due to injuries before returning in 2015, withstood a fightback from the 25-year-old American late in the match but sealed the win on her third match point when Stephens sent a backhand into the net.

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.

Stephens by comparison won 73 percent of her first serves and saved four of the six break points she faced, while also making 10 fewer unforced errors than her opponent.

Sevastova herself relies on variety more than power, and she caught a slow-moving Stephens with a number of drop shots and drop-shot lob combinations.

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"I hope I will enjoy it, playing semi-finals".

"I was thinking, okay, maybe a couple of years, play top 100".

The policy is a rule on the women's tour but not the men's.

Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem in an epic US Open Men's Singles quarter final in NY in the early hours.

"It was an fantastic journey, this three, four years".

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

The match on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon was a rematch.

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.

On the men's side, defending champion Rafael Nadal faces Dominic Thiem at night in a rematch of Nadal's French Open victory, and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro plays John Isner in the other quarterfinal.

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