Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens win to set up all-American semifinal

Posted September 07, 2017

Kvitova battled back from a five-month absence after a knife-wielding home intruder injured her left hand last December.

Legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each practiced ahead of yesterday's quarter-finals, in which wins by each would set up their first US Open meeting in an epic men's semi-final tomorrow.

"It's such a wonderful feeling", she said of the tight win.

All these have been struggling with injuries and various issues lately and seeing them thriving in NY enhances the special feeling US Open bears within its core.

US ninth seed Williams, the 2017 Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up, is the US Open's oldest semi-finalist and the oldest in any Slam since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

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Anderson has now become the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Wayne Ferreira at the 2003 Australian Open. Neither player ceded any ground after that, as they continued to hold serve to reach a deciding tiebreak.

"A month ago, before I started winning a lot of matches, I was really anxious, about my protected ranking, not having enough tournaments, not being able to play", Stephens said during her on-court interview. In her run to the quarter-finals, she took down pre-tournament favourite, Garbine Muguruza, in an impressive two-set display on Sunday, and showed the dominant play that made her unbeatable at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014. Even in Paris, she said she still "can't move them fully". The Czech lost 3-6 6-3 6-7 to Venus Williams of the United States in two hours and 28 minutes on the Arthur Ashe court at Flushing Meadow on Tuesday.

And the American field has mutual respect for the "grandam" women's tennis: "Venus is just our leader", Sloane said. "Before, obviously, I was playing well".

She was one of four US women in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows, the most since five made it that far 15 years ago.

Wednesday's women's quarterfinals could set up an all-American semifinals as (1) Karolina Pliskova squares off against (20) CoCo Vandeweghe, and (15) Madison Keys meets Kaia Kanepi.

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"It's great to get that major out of the way", Sharapova said.

"It's been a great two weeks for American tennis, seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", Williams said. "I wasn't trusting in it because I was kind of afraid because I didn't want to fall".

Stephens went 11 months between tournaments because of problems with her left foot. If there is any consolation for her from this loss, it may be that the narrative following Kvitova through the rest of the season and into 2018 will be about what she does on the court, rather than what she has endured off it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life. "You've got to take it and I'm going to try and take it". It was something really special for me.

She is just one victory away from playing for the US Open title for the first time since 2002. I'm honored to be able to play at the same time as her. "This is what I love doing". Simona Halep arrived in NY leading Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams.

"I think it's incredible that she's playing at this level", said the Spaniard.

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