Defending champion Sloane Stephens knocked out by Anastasija Sevastova

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Stephens targets redemption in Asia after US Open defeat

It was a classic Sloane Stephens shot that appeared tohave shown itself at the end part of the match instead of from the beginning. This year, Keys also remains alive as of now, taking her round of 16 match in straight sets. After just 20 minutes Tuesday night, Williams was in danger of trailing by two service breaks.

As the reigning champion, the spotlight was brighter on Stephens at this tournament - her home Slam.

Sevastova looked rocky in the first set, but took advantage of uncharacteristically slow play from Stephens and won the first set 6-2.

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time past year, so I have nothing to prove", said Williams, who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017. I know how he plays, he knows how I am playing.

Stephens was proud of the way she defended her title and will now hope to fare better during the Asian swing than she did previous year, when she failed to win a match for the rest of the season. The 36-year-old American did not compete in NY a year ago, because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament.

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"Well, I want to just be able to get past the semis here". I said to Dominic I am sorry. "But regardless, this has been a great road".

Serena will move on to face Anastasija Sevastova, who dominated defending US Open champ Sloane Stephens on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 rout in the quarterfinals.

Her frustration became apparent, whether she was gesturing to her coach, staring in annoyance at deep balls that bounced off the baseline, or just screaming out in general.

"I think it was very physical today", Sevastova, who lost to Stephens during a US Open tune-up in Montreal last month, said during her on-court interview."It was tough to play".

"Still long way to go, I think", she said.

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She and Pliskova have history at Flushing Meadows. Sevastova now has broken her opponents' serve 28 times in her five matches at the US Open. It was just a tough day.

She insisted she still had plenty to be proud of. Her timing was off.

Isner was a spent force in the fourth and Del Potro drove in the dagger with a break in the second game consolidated by another in the eighth.

The American was not landing enough first serves to keep himself out of trouble, with Del Potro increasingly forcing him to play off his toes, and by the fourth set Isner's resistance had run out.

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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"He's a very powerful player".

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