US Open results 2017: Maria Sharapova out, Venus Williams through to quarterfinals

Jessica Allison
September 4, 2017

Maria Sharapova's comeback run at the U.S. Open ended in Round 4 on Sunday, with No. 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova earning a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win. She immediately took possession of the NY night (or shared it with Roger Federer) and was welcomed to Arthur Ashe stadium by adoring fans like a queen returning from exile.

Sharapova may be down in the depths of a world No. 146 ranking, a few months removed from her return to the game after serving a 15-month suspension for testing positive at the 2016 Australian Open. She owns seven Grand Slam titles, including two in NY in 2000 and 2001.

"It's been a really great ride in the last week", Sharapova told reporters. The righthander's wiles were also on display as she was able to run down the ball before lofting lobs with her left hand on multiple occasions, including twice in one point.

The first set was a close affair with both players exchanging service breaks but Sharapova hit her straps to break the Latvian's serve with a number of powerful and accurate return winners to seize the initiative in the match.

'Ultimately I can take a lot from this week. "Yeah, I'm not sure where she is".

But Sevastova proved a step too far as Sharapova, who is now ranked No146 in the world, racked up 51 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 14. But her lack of match play over the past year and a half finally caught up with her. It was an incredible opportunity.

"When you look at center court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, and you know, performance enhancing drugs, and then all of the sudden gets to play every single match on center court, I think that's a questionable thing to do".

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Sharapova traffics in power tennis; her serves are rockets, while Sevastova's travel at roughly the speed of the moon orbiting the earth. While Nadal had to recover from a set down for the second consecutive match, Federer, for the first time in his career had to endure back-to-back five setters in the first two rounds of a Grand Slam.

"I think I allowed the match to become physical", she said. She is a player without artifice or frills, but has a keen tennis brain.

The Russian wild card is at her best commanding the center of the court and ripping flat strikes into the corners of the court.

Sevastova saved all three break points against her in that set as a dogged battle of wills developed with the Russian, one of the great fighters and screamers. She has not lost a set and in four of her six sets she lost no more than one game.

But the 27-year-old quelled the nerves and won the final three games to set up a quarter-final clash with Sloane Stephens, who continued her remarkable comeback from a year out with a foot injury by beating Julia Goerges. "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".

"Obviously, I could never say, Oh, yeah, when I was coming back, I'm going to make two semifinals, a quarterfinal".

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