Sloane Stephens joked that she should "just retire now" after capping her incredible run at the U.S. Open by claiming her first grand slam title with an emphatic win over Madison Keys.
Wozniacki rolls through first round of U.S. Open
Ranked 957th just last month, Sloane Stephens won the United States Open on Saturday, completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in a sport where comebacks are the coin of the realm.
Stephens, an unseeded 24-year-old, defeated the No. 15-seeded Madison Keys, her American contemporary, 6-3, 6-0.
CoCo Vandeweghe's elimination of top-seeded Karolina Pliskova to reach the U.S. Open semifinals made it three down, one to go for American women.
The 20th-seeded Vandeweghe overpowered 2016 runner-up Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-3 in a little more than 1+ hours on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows to give the host country at least three of the four semifinal spots.
Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta smacked 30 winners to down Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2 and advance to his first-ever grand slam singles semi-final at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
The 12th-seeded Carreno Busta played the solid all-around game that has quietly propelled him through five matches at Flushing Meadows without dropping a single set.
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was knocked out of the U.S. Open third round, losing 6-3 6-2 to Russian Daria Kasaktina after hitting a massive 38 unforced errors on Saturday.
Venus Williams continued her U.S. Open campaign when the American beat Greek Maria Sakkari 6-3 6-4 on Friday to advance to the fourth round.
Roared on by the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, Williams, who won her two titles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, overcame serve problems to set up a meeting with gritty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
Rafael Nadal came through an early test before proving too good for Taro Daniel in the US Open second round.
Nadal found himself in huge trouble on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday, trailing by a set and a break to the Japanese world number 121.
Eugenie Bouchard was back on centre court at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, the United States Tennis Association saying it held no grudges against the Canadian who is suing the organisation for negligence over injuries suffered in a locker-room fall.
Top seed Karolina Pliskova was able to avoid an upset on Tuesday as she moved into round two of the women's singles at the US Open with a straight-sets victory over Magda Linette.
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki capitalised on 41 unforced errors by Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu to cruise to a 6-1 7-5 win in their first round meeting at the U.S. Open on Monday.
The 29-year-old Buzarnescu, who was playing in her first-grand slam match, was overwhelmed by the Dane's powerful baseline game in the first set.