Women's top seed Iga Swiatek beat 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens on day four in New York ©Getty Images

Women’s top seed Iga Świątek beat 2017 champion Sloane Stephens on the fourth day of the US Open tennis in New York.

Świątek, who had criticised the balls used by female players at the tournament was first on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the day session and took on home player Stephens, who won the women’s singles title in 2017.

The Polish player won 77 per cent of points on first serve on her way to a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win.

The biggest upset of the day in the women’s singles draw saw Paula Badosa of Spain, the fourth seed, beaten by Croatian Petra Martic, the world number 55.

Badosa claimed a tight first set on a tiebreak 7-6, before Martic raced away with the next two sets by scorelines of 6-2 and 6-1 to claim a notable scalp.

Clara Burel of France continued her good form from dumping out Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

This time, Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium was the victim as the Frenchwoman won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. 

American number one Jessica Pegula, the eighth seed, was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, who is playing as a neutral.

Sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, also playing as a neutral, battled past Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, saving a match point on her way to winning 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Thirteenth seed and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland was also taken the distance, winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 against Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

Spaniard Cristina Bucșa lost to 19th seed Danielle Collins of the United States 2-6, 5-7.

Double Grand Slam champion and two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, playing as a neutral, faced Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, just over a week after the pair were embroiled in a row regarding a pre US Open fundraising event.

Kostyuk rejected a request to participate after learning Azarenka was appearing, although Azarenka was later withdrawn from the event.  

Third seed Carlos Alcaraz was among the winners in the men's singles draw on day four of the US Open ©Getty Images
Third seed Carlos Alcaraz was among the winners in the men's singles draw on day four of the US Open ©Getty Images

On court today, Azarenka ran out a 6-2, 6-3 winner with the pair exchanging the briefest of acknowledgements at the net after the contest, indicating a frosty relationship still exists. 

In the men’s draw, third seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain impressed with a 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 win over Federico Coria of Argentina.

Alcaraz's compatriot Rafael Nadal, who cut himself on the bridge of his nose, beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. 

Ninth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, playing as a neutral, eased past Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea 6-3, 6-0, 6-4.

Seventh seed Cameron Norrie of Britain won in three close sets against Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.

US Open men’s champion in 2014 Marin Čilić of Croatia was also a victor on day four, beating Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

American Frances Tiafoe, seeded 22nd, played three tie breaks against Jason Kubler of Australia and came out on top all three times with a 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 victory.