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US Open: Venus Williams advances into quarterfinals, Maria Sharapova ousted

US Open: Venus Williams advances into quarterfinals, Maria Sharapova ousted

The 37-year-old American, already a runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, is through to her first Flushing Meadows semi-final for seven years thanks to a stunning victory over Petra Kvitova.

They each won three break points-although Williams created 11 while Kvitova created only four-but the Czech wasn't able to overcome 45 unforced errors. And maybe that is the reason why most believe that the US Open is Venus' tournament, to tell the world once again about what a great champion she is.

Only three months after returning from a career-threatening injury sustained when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in December, the Czech had much to be pleased about in her Flushing Meadows campaign.

"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable". With limited playing time over the a year ago, she must be commended for her effort over the past two weeks. Her very first Grand Slam final at the US Open happened back in 1997!

"She played the final of Wimbledon".

"You know, definitely when I had opportunities in the second set and so many break points disappearing, you feel like, wow, I should be doing more", said Williams. 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. Venus Williams is 37 and has had to battle Sjögren's syndrome as well as her opponents to arrive at this point; Sloane Stephens was out "on a peg leg" and couldn't walk for several months after foot surgery; Madison Keys took time away from the tour after surgery to fix her damaged wrist; Petra Kvitova was out due to a severe arm injury after being assaulted and robbed in her home; and Kaia Kanepi was out with double plantar fasciitis and the Epstein-Barr virus.

Busta, who hit 30 winners in the lopsided contest, has not dropped a set in this tournament and next faces South African Kevin Anderson, who outlasted American Sam Querrey 7-6 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-3 7-6 (7) to reach his maiden grand slam semi-final. This may finally prove to be her year, beating two seeded players and dispatching Vinci and Barty in straight sets.

Stephens became the first unseeded United States woman to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Venus Williams in 1997. "Before, obviously, I was playing well". If, during her slog through the Grand Slam desert between 2011 and 2014, somebody said she would get to the final Grand Slam on Tuesday night of 2017 with a 19-3 record in 2017 Grand Slam matches, that person would have sounded either nuttily hopeful or just nutty. "He played during a time where he couldn't just focus on the tennis".




Stephens, who has matched her deepest Slam run from the 2013 Australian Open, remains amazed at her run.

She was one of four US women in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows, the most since five made it that far 15 years ago.

The pair completed half of what could be an American clean sweep of the semi-finals, with Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys playing their matches on Wednesday. "But I was at Tennis Channel, and I was around some great people, like Paul [Annacone] and Lindsay [Davenport]".

This year's US Open women's draw has produced enough storylines to keep even the most demanding fan happy.

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"It feels wonderful and I didn't want to let you guys down".

She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it.

As was the case in the earlier quarter-final, the first two sets were split at 6-3, after which one of the most tense final sets ensued whereby neither player could gain an advantage. It was something really special for me. The world we live in is just shocking. "Once I realized my life is good, I play tennis, I have fun every day, that relieved a lot of stress". Venus was just a bit better in the final set tiebreaker to book her spot in the final four.

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