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Wozniacki, Sevastova set up last-eight duel

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia celebrates her victory over Johanna Konta of Britain during a women’s singles fourth round US Open match in New York on Sunday.
 NEW YORK, Sept 5: Caroline Wozniacki, derailed this year by an ankle injury which sent her career into a tailspin, and Anastasija Sevastova, who quit the sport three years ago, set up a US Open quarterfinal duel.

Former world number one Wozniacki, the runner-up in 2009 and 2014, downed American eighth seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4 to make the last-eight in New York for a fifth time yesterday.

Now ranked at 74 in the world after a right ankle injury sidelined her for almost three months, the Danish star hit just seven unforced errors in her win over Keys.

Wozniacki is back in the last-eight of a Slam for the first time since making the semifinals in New York in 2014. “After such a tough year, it’s amazing to be in the quarterfinals,” said the 26-year-old whose Grand Slam record this year had seen first round losses in Australia and Wimbledon while she sat out Roland Garros.

“I was nervous in the last game. I told my serve please hold out. I knew Madison wouldn’t give much up and that she’d go for the big shots, so I tried to keep it on her backhand side.”

Sevastova became the first Latvian woman in 22 years to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal when she beat British 13th seed Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5. – AFP

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