Snapshot from day seven at the US Open

Maria Sharapova

Venus Williams received a major boost in the US Open following the fourth round exits of Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza on Sunday (3 September).

There is no doubt that many eyes have been following Maria Sharapova's every move since she arrived in NY, and the maximum possible number had the chance to do so: all of her matches were scheduled in the biggest arena in tennis, Arthur Ashe.

Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallied to eliminate former world number one Sharapova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and book a quarter-final berth against American Sloane Stephens, who ousted Germany's Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

"I chose to stop because it was depressing", Sevastova has said of her break.

Playing her first grand slam since returning from a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova has enjoyed wild fan support every time she steps on to the court but not everyone is happy to see the five-time victor back.

A miffed woman who flipped through her commemorative program and came uopon a Sharapova pictorial loudly declared, "I'm gonna send this back to the USTA!"

Sharapova tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and only returned from her suspension in April.

"The biggest lesson is that I'm able to compete with these guys", Shapovalov said.

Sevastova, a quarter-finalist in NY also in 2016, said she was happy to see Sharapova playing again and that she felt no desire to prove a point on behalf of her peers. And her form looks as good as-perhaps even better than-three years ago when she reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

Maria Sharapova
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Sharapova needed treatment on a blistered right hand in the final set but she insisted it was not a factor in her defeat.

"It's been a really great ride in the last week", said the 30-year-old. That honour was reserved for the highly-anticipated showdown between two Wimbledon champions, No3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and No13 seed Petra Kvitova. Like Sharapova, Kenin moved from Russian Federation to Florida to further her playing career. Sevastova can not match Sharapova for power but possesses excellent court craft and a wicked drop shot. While some players continued to protest, her fight in the second and third round earned her fans and the audience seemed captivated by her story.

A U.S. Open champion in 2000 and 2001, Williams has been around long enough to deal with her opponents' aggression.

Querrey is now the last American in the men's draw and Isner said he would not be following his compatriot's progress. Venus could return to the Top 5 for the first time since January 2011 if she advances to the semifinals, and could finish as high as No.2 if she wins the title and other results go in her favor. "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here".

Sharapova knocked off world No. 2 Simona Halep in a stunning opening-night return to Grand Slam tennis.

In a draw half assured of producing a first-time Slam finalist, he has a Tuesday quarter-final against either French 16th seed Lucas Pouille or Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman.

"It was a tough journey that I didn't know how would end".

'There's no doubt that not playing those matches certainly cost me today.

"When they're hitting, they're also making mistakes So if you move well, if you mix it up, you have always a chance".

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