Maria Sharapova knocked out of US Open by Anastasija Sevastova

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The highest-paid sportswoman in the world, Sharapova played all her matches on centre court and was twice afforded prime-time billing under New York's bright lights at Arthue Ashe Stadium.

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She played superbly to upset world number two Simona Halep on the first day of the tournament, and then beat Timea Babos and Sofia Kenin on her way to the last 16.

Earlier Sunday, Maria Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even resorting to switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots.

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

It was her first appearance at a Slam since the 2016 Australian Open, where she failed a drugs test and was kicked out of the sport until April this year.

The Latvian moved clear after fending off a break point in game two and she was able to retain that for the remainder of the set, silly mistakes from Sharapova enabling her to force a third. Sharapova maintained that she took the drug for years because of a magnesium deficiency and family history of diabetes. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service victor.

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Sharapova smacked a forehand victor to force deuce trailing 5-2 in the third set as Sevastova's nerves kicked in.

The Canadian would have been the youngest Slam quarter-finalist since Michael Chang at the 1990 French Open, youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andre Agassi in 1988 and first US Open qualifier in the last eight since Gilles Muller in 2008. "I had big back problems, some muscular problems, all the time getting fit then injured again - I was not happy, so I made a decision to stop and see how my body reacted".

"Ultimately I can take a lot from this week". A win would put Stephens, who was out for 10 months after foot surgery, into her first US Open quarterfinal.

"I need a challenge, I love pressure and especially because this is the last major and it's at home."There's no better than the energy here in Ashe when you guys go wild". She went out meekly to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter finals, winning only two games, but she left the impression that her talent should not be ignored. If she can advance past Stephens, Sevastova could potentially face American Venus Williams in a semifinal. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon victor, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night. Diego Schwartzman, the 29th seed, continued his strong run through the depleted bottom half of the draw in a four-set victory over 16th seed Lucas Pouille on Sunday as well. He hit more winners (54 to Carreno Busta's 25).

"I chose to stop because it was depressing", Sevastova has said of her break. "But, again, I try to play smart". "It was an unbelievable victory for me".

In the other men's fourth-round matche late Sunday, No. 17 Sam Querrey, the only American man left, faced No. 23 Mischa Zverev of Germany.

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