Stephens was ranked 83rd in the world when she upset Sevastova in three sets in the quarterfinals last year.
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Sevastova, through to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time, will face either 23-time major champion Serena Williams or eighth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova for a place in the final after toppling Stephens in brutal heat and humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium.Stephens was ranked 83rd in the world when she upset Sevastova in three sets in the quarterfinals last year, trailing by a break in the third set before winning it in a tiebreaker.Now seeded third in the world, Stephens joined an exodus of women's seeds that saw top-ranked Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki exit in the first two rounds.
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