2017 champ Stephens sets up US Open QF rematch

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 03, 2018 09:04 AM
2017 champ Stephens sets up US Open QF rematch
Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reaches for a shot from Elise Mertens, of Belgium, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Sloane Stephens returned to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 15 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium.

No. 3 Stephens mixed her consistent, defense-to-offense style with the occasionally spectacular shot.

Now comes a rematch: She'll face No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, the same person she beat in last year's quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.

Recalling that 2017 victory, decided by a third-set tiebreaker, Stephens said: "I had to dig really deep."

Sevastova advanced Sunday by eliminating No. 7 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

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