Stephens toiled towards Anhelina Kalinina within the earlier spherical, however was much more spectacular this time round at Flushing Meadows in a 6-3, 6-Four win towards Azarenka, the very best remaining seed too good for the previous world No. 1.
From the outset Stephens was answerable for proceedings, her groundstrokes piercing holes in her opponent’s protection, the American seemingly having on a regular basis on the earth to plot Azarenka’s downfall.
It didn’t take her lengthy to achieve a bonus as an error-strewn show from Azarenka allowed Stephens an early break, one which she consolidated with a effective service sport.
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Whereas Stephens was unerringly correct, her opponent grew pissed off at her incapacity to maintain rallies flowing, Azarenka all too typically discovering the web or sending forehands past the traces.
One other mistake handed Stephens the primary set after 37 minutes and there was a way of deja vu within the opening video games of the second.
Having saved a break level on her personal serve within the third sport, Stephens upped the stress on Azarenka and it instantly paid off because the Belarusian didn’t convert from 40-15.
Stephens battled again to deuce and with the benefit she noticed Azarenka fireplace extensive to provide her a 3-1 lead.
It was not all plain crusing, nevertheless, because the two-time Grand Slam champion bounced straight again and threatened to degree issues up.
However a rain bathe halted her momentum and, as soon as the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium had closed, Stephens regained her composure to seal a gathering with Elise Mertens.
Sloane Stephens is stepping as much as the plate for her title protection. Big battle to win in three in her final match after which steps up at this time to carry off Victoria Azarenka 63 64. That win meant rather a lot.
R16: Stephens vs. Mertens.#USOpen
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Stephens  bt Azarenka 6-Three 6-4
Stephens – 19/17
Azarenka – 21/27
Stephens – 1/3
Azarenka – 3/1
BREAK POINTS WON
Stephens – 4/9
Azarenka – 2/7
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Stephens – 74
Azarenka – 68
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Stephens – 65/47
Azarenka – 56/42
Stephens – 68
Azarenka – 57