Maria Sharapova’s big comeback is over following her fourth round defeat at the US Open.
The Russian former world number one was dumped out of the competition, her first Grand Slam in 19 months, by Latvia’s Anastasjia Sevastova.
The 16th seed lost the first set but returned strongly to win 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. After being denied direct entry into the French Open and Wimbledon, Sharapova was granted a wildcard for Flushing Meadows, adding fuel to the debate about rewarding players returning from doping bans that escalated when all the Russian’s matches were scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium.
I ❤️‘d every minute, every day, every match! Thank you, New York and the
usopen</a> 🤗 <a href="https://t.co/SQzCjcij8P">pic.twitter.com/SQzCjcij8P</a></p>— Maria Sharapova (MariaSharapova) September 4, 2017
Meanwhile, the fairy story continues for Petra Kvitova as she beat Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals.
The Czech’s progress has been slow but steady since she was victim of a horrifying knife attack in December. She will now face Venus Williams for a place in the last four.
“For my journey back to get me here, to be playing in front of everyone, means the world to me.”
Petra_Kvitova</a><a href="https://t.co/prPbccF9I9">https://t.co/prPbccF9I9</a> <a href="https://t.co/smCTqZHGwB">pic.twitter.com/smCTqZHGwB</a></p>— US Open Tennis (usopen) September 4, 2017