Sharapova comeback, teen's dream run ended at US Open

Sharapova comeback, teen's dream run ended at US Open

He upset No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round and left to a loud ovation after finally falling Sunday under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. At 5-6, however, the Russian broke again in emphatic fashion to take the set.

Sharapova played all of her four matches in the 24,000-capacity arena including her first-round defeat of world number two Simona Halep.

However, the six hours and 44 minutes she clocked up winning those matches seemed to have sapped a little zip from her legs, and the unforced errors mounted on her exhausted racket in the second set.

Venus Williams of the USA hits a shot during her women's singles fourth round match against Germany's Mona Barthel at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 22, 2017.

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Sharapova blasted a backhand down-the-line victor to break for a 3-1 edge.

Venus Williams has produced a dazzling comeback to advance to her 39th grand slam quarter-final with a three-set fourth-round US Open win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Sharapova quickly took charge of the opening set.

The momentum had already begun to swing though, and Sevastova would level thanks to a single break at 2-1 in the second - in one rally lobbing Sharapova twice, prompting the Russian to scramble left-handed in desperation. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service victor. "I don't think I played as aggressive or was stepping in as much as I did in the first set, especially in the beginning of the match".

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Earlier Sunday, 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov's entertaining stay ended with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) loss to 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Sharapova had more tape applied to her second finger but this time the on-court pause did not disrupt her opponent's rhythm and she held to love to move within two games of the quarters for the second year in a row. "I had big back problems, some muscular problems, all the time getting fit then injured again - I was not happy, so I chose to stop and see how my body reacted". A win would put Stephens, who was out for 10 months after foot surgery, into her first US Open quarterfinal.

Sevastova will face unseeded American Sloane Stephens, who reached her first quarterfinal in NY by eliminating No. 30 Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon victor, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night. She prowled the Deco-Turf court, shrieking and screaming, "Come on", for a combined 7 hours, 44 minutes (two of her wins were three-setters) this week.

In a draw half assured of producing a first-time Slam finalist, he has a Tuesday quarter-final against either French 16th seed Lucas Pouille or Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman.

That's a huge dollop of glamour and eyeball appeal gone from the U.S. Open, a Grand Slam with seriously dim wattage as the injury withdrawal and top seeds fly.

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"I try to play smart", Sevastava said. "In the tie-breaks I just played ideal".

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