US Open 2017: Venus Williams Advances To Last Four

Venus Williams joins fellow American Sloane Stephens in US Open quarter-finals

Sharapova's gone. Halep's out.

The 16th-seeded Sevastova is back in the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. Last year's champion, Angelique Kerber, lost in the first round.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion and Star tennis player Venus Williams on Wednesday defeated Chech player Petra Kvitova to reserve a spot in the Flushing Meadows US Open Semi Finals.

Before the start of the tournament, this was not a late-round matchup many would have predicted.

Williams has enjoyed a superb 2017, reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and the 37-year-old now becomes the oldest semi-finalist at a major tournament since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

The unseeded Stephens, long seen as the natural successor to the Williams sisters, praised her semifinal opponent. You know, the last time she raised the trophy in NY was in 2001. But, true to form, Williams did not allow the temporary obstacle to shift her focus, and she forced Kvitova to hit wide on match point.

Carreno Busta, the first player in any Grand Slam to face four qualifiers, cruised into his first Grand Slam semi-final by ousting Argentine 29th seed Diego Schartzman 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

"I'm just glad that I could show it here, that there is a way to play well again".

It will be an all-American affair in the semis as 37-year-old Williams and Sloane Stephens do battle.

"This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and of course it being a major", Venus said. Like she would hit these wonderful shots out of nowhere, and all I could do was say, 'Well done.' I never really did anything wrong in those matches.

"I'm not going on-site on my day off". Surging past these players without dropping a single set gives her a certain amount of confidence. 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. Nearly at the Australian, where she finished runner-up to her sister.

The 24-year-old, who has risen 851 places in the rankings since August, only made her comeback at Wimbledon this summer after being sidelined for 10 months with a stress fracture in her foot. Williams often talks about being a player who does not focus on the past or dwell on wins and losses. "I was fortunate to have that moment in my life".

"The energy of the crowd here, it makes me feel I've got to hit a victor, I've got to hit an ace".

On Sunday after she out-aggressed Muguruza, a reporter asked if she still felt surprised at her prowess, and Kvitova smiled while saying, "I missed that feeling for a couple of months". I was able to play loose, play my game and - Bam! I'm just honored to be able to play at the same time as her.

Keys, ranked No. 15 in the world, is the youngest of the bunch, and was visibly excited after her win, and spoke about the prospect of the Americans squaring off against one another.

Those numbers would have ballooned even high and the match, which ended around 1:50 in the morning, would have ended even later if a wild fourth-set tiebreaker had swung the other way. You know, I have put in a lot of work.

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