Venus zooms into US Open semi-finals

Erica Murray
September 7, 2017

And if and when that happens, Venus will become the oldest victor of a Major in the women's singles in the Open Era.

The bad news is these two, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams, will have to try to cancel one other when they play for the second time.

A two-time victor of the US Open on home soil, American ninth seed Williams overcame Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) in an absorbing quarter-final at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

Stephens' body is more than holding up.

Steen: Kvitova is on a magical run coming back from her horrific hand injury, and although Venus is playing great, the h2h is well in the Czech's advantage, as is the momentum.

"It's tough to say right now but overall, I think it's incredible (to reach the semi-finals)", she said.

It's all insane uncommon, and in an era in which, Williams said, "I mean, the depth in the game is so much deeper now than it was (in 1997, when she started)". "I mean, it's so late, so I know it's tough for people to stay". I feel very exhausted right now. When I wasn't playing, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis it was like this is where I want to be.

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't do all the things that I wanted to do".

"If someone would have told me when I started at Wimbledon that I'd be in the semifinals, I would have said they're insane", Stevens said. I'm just glad that I could show it here, that there is a way to play well again. Kvitova finished her 2016 season with a flurry of success in the fall, winning the Wuhan Open for a second time and capping off her season with the title at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.

"My head is a little clearer, if that makes any sense", Stephens said.

But more impressive to me is how she has been able to deal with various challenges in her life such as Sjogrens Syndrome, which she was diagnosed with in 2011, an auto-immune disease which causes joint pain and fatigue. She had begun practicing with "soft balls from the net" and it had felt "very, very weird", as she put it in France.

"She has a great timing and a lot of power".

US ninth seed Williams, seeking her third US Open crown, advanced to a matchup today against 83rd-ranked compatriot Sloane Stephens for a spot in Saturday's final.

Spanish combination of Feliciano and Marc Lopez made their way through to the semifinals of Men's doubles at US Open after defeating the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop 6-4, 7-5 in straight sets in their quarterfinal match. Williams's backhand was especially effective, netting her three groundstroke winners and no unforced errors. The American may have to take her time to feel her way into the match against a very scrappy but awkward opponent. The two then held serve to force a tiebreak.

Talking to the media after the match, William said, "I'm so fortunate to have won that match". "You can't just sit back and hope. I hope we have more matches like that". "I'm focused on myself and trying to be as aggressive as possible", Williams said.

With Madison Keys set to play her quarterfinals on the 10th day of the tournament, there is still the prospect of a first all-American women's semifinal line-up since 1985.

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