Venus, Stephens To Meet in All-American US Open Semifinal

Venus, Stephens To Meet in All-American US Open Semifinal

In her entirely different circumstances, Williams will walk out as a marvel. Sevastova is coming off the high of knocking out Maria Sharapova.

And the Czech reminded everyone just what an unstoppable force she is in full fl ow with a stunning 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victory over the clear title favourite.

Only two former Major champions remained in the draw, and Petra Kvitova and Williams were drawn to face each other.

The bottom half of the men's U.S. Open has been tarred, feathered, and quite simply laughed at over the past two weeks.

Her comeback story follows a similar pattern to that of Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys or even Kaia Kanepi. But by NY, she had won Stanford, and had now beaten No17 Elena Vesnina and No4 Elina Svitolina to reach the quarters of her home Major for the first time. The victory is extra special for Stephens, who was off the tour for almost a year after having foot surgery. Moreover, her appearance in the US Open semi-finals on Thursday will be the first time she has gone this far in the tournament since 2010.

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U.S. ninth seed Williams advanced to a Thursday matchup against 83rd-ranked compatriot Sloane Stephens for a spot in Saturday's final.

Here, too, were emotional storylines of triumph over adversity. Just happy with where I'm at. She smacked dazzling winners and made less unforced errors than Kvitova down the stretch. You know, the last time she raised the trophy in NY was in 2001.

But then the performance of Williams was proving pretty remarkable, too. Although Williams, a two-time US Open champ who last won in 2001, has been brilliant in Slams this year, she has failed to make the quarterfinals in each of the two events she has played since Wimbledon. Denying all three break points, she slid her second ace out wide building a 3-1 lead for the third straight set.

This would be no different, in as compelling and intensely fought a contest as one could wish for.

Earlier, Williams had won the 2000 and 2001 United States crowns. She sprayed a second serve four feet long then failed in her effort to squeeze a forehand down the line, gifting back the break at 15. That she has many limitations in her game and that she is not consistent in maintaining the tempo of the match. And Venus, at 37, perhaps has never been more appreciated or revered as she has thrived through some personal trials of her own. After a quick break, she had to fight off break point, thumped a forehand, threw in a sliced drop shot, and completed the hold with a backhand victor, 3-0. In men's side, Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who has not dropped a set, cruised into his first Slam semifinal by defeating Argentine 29th seed Diego Schartzman 6-4, 6-4 6-2.

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"She's who everyone looks up to". She had her hand in that splint for two months. As she fended off pressure from Williams, Kvitova exhorted herself with fist pumps and shouts of "pojd" - the Czech word for "come on" - which has become her trademark expression.

Regrouping during the break, Williams stamped a love hold in the fourth game.

She will face Sloane Stephens in the semifinal after Stephens outlasted Anastasija Sevastova in a third-set tiebreak during Tuesday's early action. "It's great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue".

- Anderson recorded 22 aces and 67 winners to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

But for the moment, it is the Williams storyline that dominates.

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The fans are debating about her chances to win the US Open for the third time in her career.

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