Carreno Busta ends teenager Shapovalov's run at US Open

Arnold Nichols
September 4, 2017

Maria Sharapova reflected positively on her U.S. Open campaign after the former world No. 1's grand slam comeback ended in the fourth round.

The five-time grand slam champion appeared to be on course for a place in the last eight for the first time in five years when she won the first set, but Sevastova held firm and increasingly troubled her opponent with her subtle variations of spin and pace.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared with 14 for Sevastova.

"She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running every ball, and just stayed there".

Venus Williams, of the United States, serves to Maria Sakkari, of Greece, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in NY.

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 broke serve in the third game, stood her ground when Sharapova threatened to break back in the eighth and levelled the match with two successive service winners at 5-4.

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

Sevastova overcame a tight first set loss to win the final two and claim her second straight quarterfinal berth at the US Open. Here's her forehand return to close out the opening set.

Sevastova raced into a 3-0 lead in the third set with a double break of serve as the Russian managed to win only one point, only for her to increase the pressure on the Latvian as the winning line neared. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service victor.

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 didn't have much practice". The Spaniard also went to the quarterfinals at the French Open in June, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. "So I came pretty confident".

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

Carreno Busta, the first player in Grand Slam history to face four qualifiers, has not dropped a set at the tournament.

Kevin Anderson is a US Open quarterfinalist for the second time in three years after the 28th-seeded South African eliminated Paolo Lorenzi, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.

Shapovalov's bid collapsed thanks to going 3-of-13 on break points and making 55 unforced errors against 54 winners, Carreno Busta with 25 winners against 29 unforced errors.

"For sure from previous year, I only have great memories here", she said. "So I think that's probably where I kind of got a little fortunate there".

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