Maria Sharapova proud of US Open run despite last-16 exit

Scadal: Maria Sharapova 30 has finally broken her silence on last year's failed drugs test as she admitted she felt'so small and just wanted to be treated like a'normal human being

The optics and cosmetics were seductive, but they weren't going to win Sharapova any matches or carry her to her first Grand Slam triumph since the French Open of 2014.

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 USTA has come under fire for handing the former world No.1 a wildcard into the event, with several players believing she didn't deserve to be in the draw.

The world No 17 has won the first two titles of her career this year and enjoyed her best Grand Slam run at this tournament 12 months ago when she knocked out Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta en route to the quarter-finals.

"I don't make the schedule", Sharapova retaliated. "I had big back problems, some muscular problems, all the time getting fit then injured again - I was not happy, so I made a decision to stop and see how my body reacted". "I would have been like, You're insane", Stephens said. All that matters to me is I'm in the fourth round. "Yeah, I'm not sure where she is".

Meanwhile, Sevastova continued to produce the loveliest of drop shots, floating with uncanny accuracy just far enough to tease a stutter out of Sharapova - who, trailing 0-2, tried it herself in the third game and gave up three break points.

The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova. "She definitely has the matches behind her back". "She's a better tennis player". Playing four matches, playing in front of a big crowd and fans.

Venus Williams has produced a dazzling comeback to advance to her 39th grand slam quarter-final with a three-set fourth-round US Open win over Carla Suarez Navarro. He sprinted ahead from that point on, winning the match 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in three hours and 16 minutes.

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"I'm still C-minus", Sevastova said. "But I definitely think that I'm playing well".

It hasn't been easy sailing for Nadal, or for that matter his perennial rival Roger Federer. 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.

In the women's section, Karolina Pliskova is slowly getting used to the view from the top.

Later men's matches pitted South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi and German 23rd seed Mischa Zverev against United States 17th seed Sam Querrey.

As excited as the tennis world is to see Nadal and Federer turn back the clock, two teenagers have yanked the men's game up to date.

The 37-year-old American is the oldest woman in the bracket.

His daring strokeplay and restless energy had the Arthur Ashe hooked, as "El Shapo" sent eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga packing in straight sets in the second round.

"The emotions were high when I was 5-2 up in the final set". Her time away was due to a positive drug test for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open. She's taken just one set off the American in their five prior meetings.

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