Nadal evened the match by breaking in the final game of the second set. "She admitted that it just wasn't the day".
The 28-year-old avenged last year's quarter-final loss to Stephens in NY, converting five of her eight break point chances. It's back to the drawing board for the number 3 player and onto the next tournament be it in Chicago, Quebec City, onto the Asian Swing, the WTA Finals or others. The oppressive conditions affected both women's quarterfinalists.
Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second.
The 14-year-old comes into this tournament as the second-ranked junior in the world after winning the girls' French Open title earlier this year. You just have to go with it.
As one American star lost in the main draw Tuesday, another of the country's rising stars was on display at the U.S. Open. "She handled it better".
Five years ago Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova was retired from professional tennis, having bowed out of the sport after a string of persistent and frustrating injuries.
"I have been playing well the last matches". She broke to get back on serve at 3-4 in the second set, only to squander a 40-15 lead and allow a break after four deuces in the ensuing game.
"I would never have forgiven myself if I had lost that match", said a tearful Osaka. "I played a solid match so I couldn't really ask for any more".
"It was a really tough day and the heat didn't make it anymore fun".
The players put on fearless faces, but it certainly seemed that the conditions ruined a potentially grand occasion. Entering the quarterfinals at the grand slam, she is on what could be another championship run.
Encouraged by her home crowd, the world number three threatened a comeback by getting the match back on serve at 4-3 but was then broken again before Sevastova served out. Sevastova, meanwhile, was a flawless two-for-two. "She hits a lot of drop shots, she slices, she changes it up a little bit". Upsets will come and be in Sloane Stephens favor or be against her. "I said to Dominic I am sorry".
Anastasija Sevastova greets Sloane Stephens after quarter-final win in 2018 US Open. But the beaten defending champ can hold her head high.
"If you were able to play the same people in a row again and beat all of them again, that would be defending your title", said Stephens. My forehand down-the-line is working well, which is a very important shot for me. I want to keep going.
"There's four more tournaments left".
"Mentally, physically, I just wasn't connecting, " Stephens said.