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sport news Stephens beats Sevastova to reach US Open semi-final

Sloane Stephens continued her remarkable comeback by defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

The American only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after nearly a year out with a foot injury, which left her unable to even stand on a tennis court.

It has taken her only a handful of tournaments to get into her stride and Stephens will play in her second grand semi-final after beating Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).

Sloane Stephens celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals

Sloane Stephens celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals

The 24-year-old was hailed as the natural successor to the Williams sisters when she made the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2013.

But she was unable to push on from those achievements and had become almost the forgotten young talent of American tennis before her recent return.

Stephens said: 'I'm getting teary-eyed. This is just incredible. When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could have never even have dreamed of something like this happening, making the semi-finals of my home slam, my favourite tournament.

'A month ago I was really worried, I was worried about my protected ranking and not being able to play. Once I realised I have it good, my life is good,

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