Sept 3 (Reuters) - Round-up of day seven at the U.S. Open championships on Sunday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s never easy to win a slam. I mean, now I’ll play players who I’ve never seen or know their name, and you can’t let up one point.” - American Venus Williams on the current depth in the women’s game
FACT OF THE DAY: Resurgent Czech Petra Kvitova, who stunned Spain’s Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6(3) 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals, is the only player in the bottom half of the women’s draw to have not dropped a set in this year’s tournament so far.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: American Sam Querrey smashed 55 winners, served 18 aces and committed only eight unforced errors in his clinical display against German youngster Mischa Zverev on Sunday in the shortest completed men’s singles match of the tournament so far at one hour and 15 minutes. Querrey also became the first American man to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals since 2011.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova brought Russian Maria Sharapova’s campaign to a grinding halt, winning 5-7 6-4 6-2 in two hours and 16 minutes. Sevastova countered an error-prone Sharapova’s big hitting by mixing up her game up with some delicate chips and lobs to seal a famous victory. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)