And as Stephens posed for photos mid-court with the trophy above her head, the lid fell off, leading to more smiles.
The first set was dominant, with Williams managing to hold on her first service game but losing every one after that to drop the set with only a single game won.
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The New York Times report said Major League Baseball will now look to see if the Red Sox had used the technique in other games. Rules say hitters must not have any technical aids to help them see the catcher's signals from behind them to the pitcher.
Stephens, ranked No. 83 after undergoing foot surgery in late January, previously reached the 2013 Australian Open semis, but now she is into the final of her home Slam.
When Williams stood two points from victory returning at 30-all while leading 5-4 in the third, she was forced into uncomfortable positions. "To stand her with today is incredible, that's what real friendship is". She broke Williams with a series of attractive points: a killer backhand past Venus at the net, then an equally dazzling cross-court victor, and then two Williams errors that gave Stephens the game.
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That came in 2011 when Fromm was the star of the Warner Robins, Ga., all-star team that made the Little League World Series. It will be Georgia's inexperienced offensive line that will be the difference between a win and a loss for Georgia.
Keys, for her part, closed out the first set in 23 minutes but had to take a seven-minute medical timeout and returned with a strap around her right thigh. "If there's someone I have to lose to today, I'm glad it's her". "I told Maddy I'm never going to be able to top this", Stephens said, drawing laughs from the crowd. Shortly after she did so this week, CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys also reached the semis.
"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here, just the journey I've been on, I have no words", she said.
Williams said, "It was definitely a contrast of play". When she won her first, in 2000, her fellow semifinalists were all under 9 years old.
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She lost to her younger sister Serena Williams at the Australian Open and to Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon. She ran into Anastasija Sevastova , the 16th seed, and lost a tough-fought three-setter, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
One of those emerging stars, Stephens, was just four years old when her opponent Thursday night, Venus Williams, debuted here as a 17-year-old back in 1997.