September 6, 2018 / 7:47 AM / 3 months ago

Anastasija Sevastova - player profile

(Reuters) - Form guide for Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Open semi-final clash against Serena Williams (prefix number denotes seeding):

Sep 2, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia celebrates after her match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine (not pictured) in the fourth round on day seven of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

19-Anastasija Sevastova

Age: 28

Height: 1.7 metres

Plays: Right handed

WTA ranking: 18

Grand Slam titles: 0

Best U.S. Open result: Semi-finals 2018

Sevastova upset defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens on Tuesday, defeating the third-seeded American in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

The Latvian claimed her third career WTA title at the Bucharest Open in July, beating Petra Martic in the final.

Sevastova is making a stellar comeback to professional tennis with a career best Grand Slam performance after retiring from the sport in 2013 due to a string of frustrating injuries.

ROAD TO SEMI-FINALS:

First round: beat Donna Vekic (Croatia) 6-2 2-6 6-3

Second round: beat Claire Liu (U.S.) 6-3 6-1

Third Round: beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 4-6 6-1 6-2

Fourth Round: beat 7-Elina Svitolina(Estonia) 6-3 1-6 6-0

Quarter-finals: beat 3-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) 6-2 6-3

Compiled by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru

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