NEW YORK (AP) — Latvian tennis player Anastasija Sevastova wore a Yankees cap to her news conference after she reached her first major quarterfinal.
She bought it in Europe, not because she’s a baseball fan, but simply because she likes the interlocking “NY” logo. Turns out, though, that New York is proving a very special place for an athlete who was retired at this time two years ago.
In her second big upset of this U.S. Open, Sevastova beat 13th-seeded Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday to become the first Latvian woman to make the final eight at a Grand Slam since Larisa Savchenko in 1994.
“I still cannot believe it,” she said. “Mentally I’m spent. Totally spent. But it’s amazing.”
Sevastova’s previous best showing at a major was the round of 16 in the 2011 Australian Open. But after a series of injuries that drained the fun out of tennis, she retired in 2013.
During her break of nearly two…