Defending the US Open not Stephens' priority

Stephens

Stephens

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.

She will play the victor of Tuesday's night match between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova in the last four.

The third seed, Stephens, runner-up to Halep at the French Open, was looking forward to taking on Sevastova again in her bid to push ahead in her title defense.

"There's a pattern maybe, because", she said, "because some tournaments I play always good".

"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.

The third-seeded American lacked the swagger she showed through the opening four rounds and wilted on the sun-baked Arthur Ashe Stadium court against Sevastova, who became the first Latvian woman to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

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.

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

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Thiem is aware of what he did well to defeat Nadal in the past but maintains that nobody's game matches up well against the world No. 1.

Djokovic reached the quarter finals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over unseeded Joao Sousa. "I think that's what happened today", said Stephens, who hit 27 unforced errors on the day. They play aggressive. They serve big.

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

Juan Martin del Potro beat John Isner to make a second straight U.S. Open semifinal, and extend the Americans' drought at their host tournament.

"But now, obviously when you win more you have higher goals".

She earned the last of five breaks in the second set to take a 5-3 lead and served it out on her third match point when a tired Stephens put a backhand into the net.

She then dropped her racket and held her hands to her face as a Stephens shot went into the net on the match's final point.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an wonderful journey these three to four years", she added.

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