Defending champion Sloane Stephens exits in US Open quarter-finals

Sloane Stephens hits a backhand against Anastasija Sevastova in a quarter-final match on day nine of the 2018 US Open. (Reuters)

Defending US Open champion Sloane Stephens crashed to defeat in the quarter-finals, losing 6-2 6-3 to Latvian 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday.

American Stephens lacked the swagger she showed through the opening four rounds and wilted on the sun-baked Arthur Ashe Stadium court against Sevastova, who became the first Latvian woman to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52