Maria Sharapova knocked out of US Open by 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova

Today, the comeback artists hijacked the narrative.

MARIA SHARAPOVA'S US Open bid was brought to a shuddering halt by Anastasija Sevastova last night.

That will be his first time in this tournament he won't face a qualifier. Her best result in any Grand Slam is the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Sevastova knocked out Muguruza and Johanna Konta en route to a surprise quarterfinal past year.

"With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don't make the schedule", Sharapova told reporters. "Mentally, I fought a lot until that moment, then I think I played better". "I still think I have a lot of work to do". "I don't think I played as aggressive or was stepping in as much as I did in the first set". Canada's Shapovalov, whose first star turn ironically came against Nadal when he defeated the Spaniard at the Montreal Masters, plays with the reckless abandon of an 18-year-old but a temper of a future champion.

Sharapova changed her outfit but she was unable to halt Sevastova's momentum, the sweetest of drop-shots positioning her for a 3-0 lead which a skewed hit from Sharapova gave her.

The daughter of an English teacher is fluent in shifting speeds, while Sharapova speaks primarily raw power.

The Latvian moved clear after fending off a break point in game two and she was able to retain that for the remainder of the set, silly mistakes from Sharapova enabling her to force a third.

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Sevastova matched her best Slam run from last year's US Open while 146th-ranked Sharapova served notice her game remains formidable, having defeated second-ranked Simona Halep in her dramatic opener on the NY hardcourts.

Stephens won her match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, against Julia Goerges on Sunday afternoon to become the first active American woman other than the Williams sisters to reach the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. Movement is a Sevastova strength and she used her ability to create angles on the run to start her comeback. Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carrena Busta remains the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the men's draw after he ended the captivating run of teenage qualifier Denis Shapovalov in three tiebreakers.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared with 14 for Sevastova.

Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, celebrates after winning his match against Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in NY.

"You can't replicate that anywhere, especially at a grand slam". That drew the "car park" response from Sharapova and, at times here, she played as if she had the limo revving up outside and ready to go.

Labor Day weekend reminds us 2017 is a year for Latvian tennis. Ultimately, Maria Sharapova - for it is she - could not deliver on the faith of American television and the compliance of the organisers, succumbing to the magic of Anastasija Sevastova who chipped, lobbed and sliced her way - some times switching hands - to an impressive win in three sets.

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