Stephens looks to Asia after US Open exit

Stephens looks to Asia after US Open exit

Those choruses resonated in the arena after key points, such as each time del Potro erased one of Isner's break chances, three in all.

Pretty soon, Sloane Stephens's run at a US Open repeat was lost, too.

The players took a 10-minute break at the end of the third set, and Del Potro said: "I lay down on the table and I didn't want to come back again because with this heat it's impossible to play tennis".

With temperatures hovering in the low 90s, Sevastova jumped out to an early lead in her match with the third-seeded Stephens, and never relented.

In her last two matches, Sevastova has defeated Stephens and No. 7 Elina Svitolina.

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Still, Williams knows that her last two trips to the US Open, prior to this fortnight, have ended in heartbreak.

Nadal - the reigning US Open champion - booked his place in the semi-finals of the US Open with a gripping five-set victory over Thiem on Wednesday morning United Kingdom time. Isner was trying to become the first American male semifinalist at the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006. "Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all", Stephens, who beat Sevastova in Montreal last month, told reporters. Williams punched her ticket to the semifinal with a win over No. 8 seed Karolína Pliskova at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.

"Mentally, physically, I just wasn't connecting, " Stephens said.

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. Sevastova has gone three sets in three of her first four matches, including a roller-coaster fourth-round victory over seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina.

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"If we skip the first set, it was a really open match from beginning to the end".

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. Sevastova served up only two aces, but she took advantage of a disgusting day for Stephens' second serve.

She did eventually get close, breaking Sevastova at love to cut it to 4-3 in the second set.

'I can be proud of a lot of things that happened the last couple, the matches that I played, so I'm not going to dwell on it. "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".

"And obviously defending a title is very hard, very difficult".

It's hard to believe that just one year ago, Williams had just delivered her baby, Olympia, and was going through serious post-delivery complications.

For her part, Sevastova denied that she played an abundance of drop shots to exploit the evident heat-induced sluggishness of Stephens. Worst of all, Isner began to take some half-swings; when he pushed a forehand wide, he got broken to trail 3-1.

The players put on courageous faces, but it certainly seemed that the conditions ruined a potentially grand occasion.

Soon after that, Williams went from trailing, 4-2, to not only taking the first set but also leading, 4-0, in the second.

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