Russian star Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, losing to Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round of the Grand Slam event in New York.
The 30-year-old Sharapova, who received a wild-card invitation to the tournament, lost by a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the prestigious tournament to the 16th-seeded Latvian.
Sharapova, a former world No. 1 player, was making her first Grand Slam appearance since the end of her 15-month ban for violating doping regulations. Her last major tournament was the Australian Open in January 2016.
"Honestly, it was so much fun to be part of that atmosphere and the match and this whole two weeks," Shapovalov said. "You know, it's another life-changing event for me."
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Oleksandr Dolgopolov were scheduled to play their fourth-round matches on September 4.
Russians Andrei Rublev in the men’s and Daria Kasatkina in the women’s bracket will also play September 4.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters