Del Potro beats Isner to reach US Open semi-final

Reigning champion Stephens too strong for Mertens in New York

Sevastova eliminated defending champion Sloane Stephens in straight sets at a sun-baked Flushing Meadows, avenging last year's defeat to the same opponent to reach the first grand slam semi-final of her career.

In stiflingly hot conditions, the American went down 6-2 6-3 to Sevastova, who is through to her first grand slam semi-final.

Next up for the 28-year-old is the victor of the evening match between six-time champion Serena Williams and Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Stephens, who said she had been dealing with a sinus infection, rued all of her wasted opportunities against Sevastova, most notably the seven break points she failed to convert in the first set.

Indeed Stephens fought back to narrow the gap to 4-3, but Sevastova grabbed another break with a well-timed drop shot for a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory on her third match point when a tired Stephens put a backhand into the net. Sevastova, forced out of the game by injuries in 2013 before launching a comeback almost two years later, showed some steely resolve, serving it out on her third match-point opportunity. And it'll make Friday's semifinal that much sweeter. Even though she stumbled elsewhere, Stephens could take solace in her US Open triumph.

Sloane Stephens, her dream of a US Open title defence in tatters, was looking ahead to the WTA's Asian swing as a chance to regroup and renew her pursuit of the No. 1 world ranking. 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.

"Unfortunately during this tournament I had many issues with my health, and today was not my day obviously".

She will play the victor of Tuesday's night match between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova in the last four.

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"When you don't play big points well, the match can get away from you", Stephens said.

The last time was in 2009 when he reached the semi-finals of Roland-Garros and then won the US Open.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

"It was an incredible journey, this three, four years, " she said.

"I hate matches like this", Tsurenko said.

"Defending a title is very hard, very difficult."

Many players have been driven to distraction by the small margins involved when playing Isner and one backhand that just drifted into the tramlines cost Del Potro the opening set - the first set he has lost all tournament. After a first-round Australian Open exit, Stephens made the French Open finals where she lost to Simona Halep.

"I've hit very good down-the-line forehands but too many of them are right on the edge, with very little space".

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