Del Potro beats Isner’s serve and the heat

Karolina Pliskova

Serena Williams is through to the Women's semi finals following a straight set win over eight seed Karolina Pliskova. Even, as she says, she's not defending.

However the intense heat that has plagued this year's tournament continued on Arthur Ashe on Tuesday and Stephens suffered.

She was finally tested in the round of 16, edging past No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a little more than 2 hours, but she was back in complete control against Tsurenko, winning 20 of 22 points (91 percent) on her first serve.

"The last games, it was good that I played in the shade. Today was just a tough day". The heat doesn't make it any more fun. He walked quietly to the center of the court, then stepped over the net and embraced 25-year-old Dominic Thiem. Her season was building up towards the last Slam of the season.

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The high temperatures have been a significant issue during this year's championships with the conditions described as "dangerous" in the opening rounds, while Roger Federer said he was "happy the match was over" after his defeat in high humidity on Monday. Upsets will come and be in Sloane Stephens favor or be against her.

Meanwhile, two-time US Open champion Djokovic will be playing in his 11th consecutive semi-final in NY, just two months after defying the odds to lift a 13th major at Wimbledon.

Stephens by comparison won 73 percent of her first serves and saved four of the six break points she faced, while also making 10 fewer unforced errors than her opponent. The petite Latvian was seen constantly frowning and mumbling to her box.

Back then it would have been hard to imagine the scene yesterday when she upset defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final, marking the latest chapter in her remarkable career comeback.

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'So the fact that I made it to the quarterfinals and played some really good matches and I just competed as hard as I could, I mean, a lot to be proud of. Mertens lobbed Stephens deep into deuce court, but Stephens, in full sprint, ran it down and hit a magnificent cross-court forehand victor with the stunned Mertens racing to the net. "When the things happens like this, the atmosphere and the crowd become more special".

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

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.

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'Well, considering a year ago after this tournament I sh*t the bed for like 10 tournaments in a row, I definitely don't have any points to defend.' she added.

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