US Open: Serena Williams' coach lobs back insult at Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is back in fashion after doping scandal

She immediately took possession of the NY night (or shared it with Roger Federer) and was welcomed to Arthur Ashe stadium by adoring fans like a queen returning from exile.

The South African looked comfortable as he broke once in each of the opening two sets, but Italian Lorenzi fought back to take the third. The Spaniard has looked dominant in NY.

Kvitova's only other trip to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows came in 2015, when she lost at that stage to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.

For four matches in a row at this US Open, a player ranked 146 in the world has appeared exclusively on the main court, Arthur Ashe, while lamely protesting she would have happily played in the auto park. She got off to a good start, accepting a wild card into Stuttgart and belting her way to the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams, the women's ninth seed, made it past her fourth-round opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

'She definitely has the matches behind her back, she has got the variety, will make you hit a lot of balls'.

The former world number one and five-time major victor fell 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

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Anastasija Sevastova reacts during her fourth-round win on Sunday. Her highest-ranked opponent was No.48 Oceane Dodin. And, with a little stutter at then, she converted the fourth of her match points, bringing to an end one of the longest theatrical runs in town, but one that maybe should have spent some time off Broadway. All four of Sharapova's matches were played on Ashe. She has not dropped a set so far and has been broken just once, but Stephens has always been a tough match-up for the German.

This matchup pits one of the best servers in the tournament against one of the best returners. Earlier in the draw, she beat the world No3 Garbiñe Muguruza, who arrived in NY this year as favourite after her breakthrough win at Wimbledon.

Sharapova next faces 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who earlier downed Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3. Sharapova maintained that she took the drug for years because of a magnesium deficiency and family history of diabetes. Through three matches, Sharapova has fired 27 aces, second only to Pliskova's 28, and leads the tournament in outright winners - 137 - as well as return winners (22).

Sevastova came back with a clean second set, though, excelling with her serve while tallying just two unforced errors (to 16 by Sharapova) and zero double-faults (Sharapova also had zero). Where the Latvian can turn the tables is with her variety and tennis IQ.

This time, Sevastova made Sharapova run a lot by pulling her forward with drop shots or tight angles, then would often deposit follow-up strokes into open spaces. Having retired in 2013 with injury problems, Sevastova returned to competition two years later.

Sharapova may be down in the depths of a world No. 146 ranking, a few months removed from her return to the game after serving a 15-month suspension for testing positive at the 2016 Australian Open.

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