Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Maria Sharapova proud of US Open run despite last-16 exit

Maria Sharapova proud of US Open run despite last-16 exit

Anastasija Sevastova - the Latvian ended Maria Sharapova's grand slam return with a 5-7 6-4 6-2 fourth-round win over the former world No.1.

"Playing on Ashe is an unbelievable atmosphere every time", she said after the match, via the tournament's Twitter account.

"You can't replicate that anywhere, especially at a grand slam". Williams' coach said that Sharapova shouldn't have gotten a wildcard to come back.

"I don't know how many break points I had before I got the first one", Nadal said.

The last point of the seventh game of the set was one to savour: twice, Sevastova switched the racket to her left hand to lob the incoming Sharapova; twice the Russian sped to retrieve it and was relieved to see her opponent's last party piece, a right-handed drop shot, hit the wrong side of the net. "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here". Stephens has scored wins over Grand Slam singles champions Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber and doubles No. 1 Lucie Safarova rolling into successive semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati, where she also swept Goerges rocketing her ranking 783 spots in the process.

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"At the beginning I was a little bit discouraged, maybe nervous", Carreno Busta said.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova. 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. It was an incredible opportunity.

But she made it into the quarters last year, after returning from a two-year retirement, and is headed back to the final eight -against American Sloane Stephens - having dumped one of the few female tennis luminaries left in the game, particularly with new mum Serena Williams on the sidelines.

"I have so many things in my life but there's a desire to keep going for more and to keep living through these moments out on these courts".

"I have great respect for her", Sevastova said. Her outfits still were note flawless - she made her debut and upset the No. 2 seed in the first round dressed in villainous black, and she lost Sunday in pale pink so light it could have been white - and her ability to create drama stayed intact.

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The hyper Rafael Nadal burst into cries of 'Vamos!' and his player box joined in the celebrations like he had won a pretty big deal. That puts the 37-year-old into her 39th career majors quarter-final after making the final at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. "I don't", she said.

Following the conclusion of that duel, 37-year-old Venus Williams will attempt to take a step closer to her first US Open title since 2001 when she faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

Sharapova displayed her trademark fight during the match.

From there, Sevastova imposed her game.

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