Venus becomes oldest US Open semi-finalist

Liguori: 2 American Women Already In US Open Quarters, 3 More Will Try On Labor Day

Liguori: 2 American Women Already In US Open Quarters, 3 More Will Try On Labor Day

Day 11 of the US Open sees the final four women left in the draw competing as they look to book their spot in the last match of the fortnight.

At 37, Williams is hunting down a third U.S. Open title 16 years after she won the second of her two championships.

If Americans Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe win Wednesday, they will produce the first all-American US Open semi-finals since 1981. "The auto ride over, I was definitely feeling it". As of Monday, Venus Williams, 37, Sloane Stephens, 24, and Madison Keys, 22, are all vying for the Tiffany-engraved trophy.

Williams overcame two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a thrilling three-set contest to set up an all-American semifinal with Sloane Stephens, a compatriot 13 years her junior.

Williams or Stephens? Something's got to give, but American tennis is going to be the biggest victor.

If Stephens manages to upset Williams, then tennis would be guaranteed a first-time champion.

Sevastova, 17th in the WTA rankings, also played in the US Open quarterfinals a year ago. The last time it happened in a major was at Wimbledon in 1985 (Evert, Zina Garrison, Navratilova and Kathy Rinaldi).

"I think Venus is just our leader", Stephens said.

But this sort of throwback run is becoming nearly routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July.

The latest U.S. players have looked to Venus, Serena, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati as role models. I know my opponents are going to be better, I need to be better. "You know, now that we're older, we can put that into words, but we all wanted to be there". The American also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in January.

Indeed, in four of her last six visits to Flushing Meadows, she had failed to pass the third round. He didn't drop a set against any of those opponents and stayed flawless against Schwartzman while appearing in his second major quarterfinal. Her other was at the Australian Open in 2015. There hadn't been an American U.S. Open semifinalist without the Williams surname since both Davenport and Capriati advanced that far in 2004.

Stephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after almost a year out with a foot injury.

Former Long Islander Paul Annacone, who coached Stephens for a few months from 2013 to 2014, sees a much more mature Stephens who, because she was forced out of the game for so long, has come back with a renewed love for it.

Stephens reaches the semi-finals of the tournament to NY for the first time in his career. She's won big titles...

Can Venus win the US Open?

Without doubt, it has been Venus' best season in slams for years and even she has found it hard to get to the bottom of the reasons behind her terrific form, when quizzed in press conferences.

Pliskova has held the world No.1 position for a total of eight weeks.

"But when you have this draw, you have to do your best to take advantage, so I think that is a really good tournament for me".

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