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Maria Sharapova described her return to Grand Slam center-stage after a 15-month doping ban as "a great ride" despite her US Open campaign ending in the fourth round Sunday.

Sharapova bowed out at Flushing Meadows on Sunday following a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 loss to 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova in NY. CoCo Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and Jennifer Brady had all made it to the fourth round before Madison Keys rounded off the tally with the second latest finish at the US Open.

Sharapova insisted Sunday that she had nothing to prove to her critics.

The Russian gave an early indicator of her desire when she won a gutsy point after rushing back and changing hands to return a cross-court volley with a lob in game three.

Having lost the first set and squandered away 13 break points up to that point, Nadal finally found a way to break the Argentine's serve at 3-3 in the second set.

Sevastova raced into a 3-0 lead in the third set with a double break of serve as the Russian managed to win only one point, only for her to increase the pressure on the Latvian as the winning line neared.

"I chose to stop because it was depressing", Sevastova has said of her break.

She immediately took possession of the NY night (or shared it with Roger Federer) and was welcomed to Arthur Ashe stadium by adoring fans like a queen returning from exile.

Unseeded and ranked just 146th in the world following her suspension, Sharapova was given a wild-card spot and made it count with an opening-round win over No. 2 seed Simona Halep.

"I was lucky able to get a lot of those matches in a row, like in Toronto and Cincinnati back-to-back, which during a comeback is not easy". It was an incredible opportunity.

Countless fans were shocked by the upset inflicted on Maria Sharapova at the US Open by the relatively unknown No. 16 seed, Anastasija Sevastova.

The hyper Rafael Nadal burst into cries of 'Vamos!' and his player box joined in the celebrations like he had won a pretty big deal. Sharapova issued a walkover because of a left arm injury before her next match. I think she was playing one of the better matches here, one of the best matches here.

Playing just her fifth match since May, Sharapova was treated for apparent blisters early in the third set as 16th-seeded Sevastova surged into the quarter-finals in NY for the second year in a row. "I'm very grateful to have had that opportunity to bring it".

"I think I allowed the match to become physical", she said.

It was then coming to the end of the Hungarian Timea Babos, 59th, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1, and then had dominated the American Sofia Kenin, 136th world, 7-5, 6-2.

Sevastova comes from Liepaja, the third largest city in Latvia, and her coach, Ronald Schmidt, cut a lonely figure in her box, but proudly wearing a cap that told of his admiration for her home town.

"You can't replicate that anywhere, especially at a grand slam".

"I'm still C-minus", Sevastova said.

"I think Billie Jean King put it best", a beaming Williams told the crowd afterwards. We all know that. "I can be proud of that".

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