I just kept fighting - Sevastova on knocking out Sharapova

Kristopher Drake
September 4, 2017

Now into the fourth round after beating Sofia Kenin on Friday night, she will next face No. 17-seed Anastasija Sevastova, who she'll face for the first time in her career.

Sharapova on Saturday bit back at Caroline Wozniacki, who previously criticised US Open oragnisers for continually scheduling the former drug cheat on centre court.

Playing her first grand slam since the 2016 Australian Open, having tested positive for a banned substance at Melbourne Park a year ago, Sharapova overcame Kenin 7-5 6-2 in NY on Saturday (AEST). "All that matters to me is I'm in the fourth round. So I know that and so I'm going to try and take it." - veteran Venus Williams after reaching her 39th grand slam quarter-final with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

"The goal is to keep winning matches, obviously to keep improving".

Sevastova broke back for 3-4 when her frantic back court defence drew a succession of errors as Sharapova's timing left her, as it has done in patches these last nine days. Formerly the world's top-ranked women's player, she ranked 146th before the Open but is sure to climb into the top 100 based on her performance here.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, reached the Round of 16 for the 14th time in 15 Slams since the 2011 US Open.

"She's feisty. I know I have to come out, play well, have you all [the crowd] behind me and get a win."

"As I said, I came in not playing a lot of matches".

It's never easy keeping everyone happy, particularly when you have to decide which star player gets which tennis court at major tournaments.

Sevastova didn't just beat Sharapova, she bamboozled her. Her higher ranking will help her justify entering tourneys without any supposed favoritism from the wild cards she received this year.

U.S. ninth seed Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, advanced by defeating Spain's 35th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The French Open, the only major Sharapova has won a few times, took the same position and declined to invite her. Sunday was the exact opposite in that Sharapova took the first set against Sevastova before slowly wearing down over the remainder of the match. "Being able to hang with her and play really well, I think I can handle any stage".

Overlooked for a French Open wildcard before withdrawing from Wimbledon qualifying, Sharapova was the fifth former US Open champion handed a wildcard into the season's final major after Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Martin del Potro, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis.

Querrey is now the last American in the men's draw and Isner said he would not be following his compatriot's progress. "He just played three tiebreaks that were better than mine".

"Ultimately I can take a lot from this week".

She was broken three times and her 38 winners just offset 33 unforced errors. "Someone who has fought their way back from injury and is five in the world should play on a bigger court than court number five".

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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