US Open: Anastasija Sevastova edges past Cori Gauff in three sets
Sevastova is back at her favorite Slam/Photo: Al Bello

Cori Gauff saw her US Open end early at the hands of 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova as the Latvian came through the two hour, eight minute contest by a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 scoreline on Louis Armstrong Stadium. There were a dozen breaks of serve in the match as Sevastova improved her career record at Flushing Meadows to 18-7, where she's twice been a quarterfinalist and once a semifinalist.

Sevastova gets over the line in tense encounter with Gauff

The match opened with breaks being exchanged as there were 35 points played over the first five games. At deuce in the fifth game, Gauff doubled-faulted to set up break point for the Latvian and backhand long gave Sevastova a 3-2 lead. After each woman held to love, the American got to 30-30 before the 31st seed won the next two points to go in front 5-3.

Serving to stay in the set, Gauff began with back-to-back unforced errors on the backhand side before double-faulting to bring up triple set point. She looked to be in good position as she approached the net for an overhead, but got it all wrong and Sevastova had grabbed a sloppy opening set. 

Sevastova is looking for another deep run at the US Open/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
Sevastova is looking for another deep run at the US Open/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Her momentum was short-lived as the 16-year old phenom broke to open the second set. Undeterred, Sevastova was back on serve in the fourth game after converting on her third chance to make the score 2-2. She broke a second consecutive time to go up 4-2 only to see Gauff run off three games in a row to put herself in position to serve for the set.

At 30-30, Sevastova fired a brilliant forehand crosscourt to setup yet another break point and she was back level when Gauff missed on a backhand. The Latvian was broken for a fourth time and given a second chance to close out the set, the American made no mistake, holding to love and levelling the match when Sevastova misfired on a backhand.

Gauff plays a volley during her first round match in New York/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
Gauff plays a volley during her first round match in New York/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

The opening game of the third set would turn out to be key as Sevastova faced two break points, saving both and eventually going on to hold. The rest of the set was dominated by the server as Gauff was dominant, losing just two points through four games while the Latvian also found a groove, dropping just four points on her delivery through those same amount of games.

Serving to stay in the match, Gauff faced two match points at 15-40, but a strong second serve and a Sevastova forehand error brought her back to deuce. A third match point came and went and finally, on the 12th point of the game and on her fourth chance, the Latvian emerged victorious as the American sent a final forehand into the net.

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