CoCo Vandeweghe 3rd American women into US Open semifinals

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2017

Ousting a seven-time Grand Slam champion who was seeking her first US Open final since 2002 left Stephens stunned.

Yes, Madison Keys was excited to give the United States four women in the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in 15 years.

The 15th-seeded Keys joined fellow Americans No. 9 Venus Williams, No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe and unseeded Sloane Stephens in the final eight at Flushing Meadows.

Sloane Stephens beat Venus Williams in the first semifinal.

Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015. Stephens, who did not play between the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Wimbledon because of an injury, reached the semifinals at the 2013 Australian Open for her best result at a Grand Slam.

Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. Two points away. There, they engaged in a 25-stroke point, until Stephens conjured up a backhand passing victor down the line, then wheeled and pumped her fists.

Keys will now face Vandeweghe for a spot in Saturday's final while Williams will meet Stephens. Now she's playing in the US Open semi-finals. Here's how long and successful her career has been: Williams' first title match in NY came in her U.S. Open debut in 1997.

Pliskova powered her way into the quarterfinals, overwhelming unseeded American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0 on Monday in just 47 minutes. The most recent match was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Keys won in three sets. No stranger to long matches at the US Open, Keys played in the final match on Saturday's schedule and didn't win until 1:45 a.m., and previous year played until 1:48 a.m., the latest finish ever for a US Open women's singles match.

No.1 seed at the US Open, Karolina Pliskova will be looking to continue her strong run of form when she takes on the home crowd favourite and in-form Coco Vandweghe. Williams was the first, in 1997.

Stephens broke at love for a 6-5 lead - her lob and forehand crosscourt volley winners followed by a Venus backhand and forehand wide - and held to end matters after 2 hrs 7 mins. She is fed up of hearing that American tennis - which has not had a male grand-slam champion since 2003 - is over-reliant on the Williams sisters.

The U.S. Open runner-up past year, Pliskova advanced to face either No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe or unseeded Lucie Safarova.

Del Potro had also crushed Nadal in straight sets in the semi-finals. No U.S. Open women's quarterfinals have featured three Americans since 2004, and no men's quarterfinals had featured any Americans since 2011.

It's also the first quarterfinal appearance in NY for Keys. "She played awesome points in the end".

It's the sixth time the longtime rivals have been a victory apiece from meeting at the U.S. Open, the only major where they've never played. The opening set was not much of a contest, thanks mainly to miscue after miscue by Williams - she had 17 unforced errors by the time it was over, 12 more than Stephens.

During the summer of 2017, Muguruza won the Western & Southern Open, reached the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup, and made it to the fourth round at the US Open.

American Dana Mathewson and Aniek van Koot the Netherlands then upset women's No. 2 seeds Yui Kamiji of Japan and Lucy Shuker of Britain 0-6, 6-4, (10-5).

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