“It was definitely well competed”, Williams said. Saturday will be the first all-American US Open women’s final since Serena Williams beat Venus in 2002. There’s a lot of things in my head right now so I’m struggling to come up with words.
All four women’s semifinalists at the U.S. Open are Americans. The last time four Americans reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam event was 1985 at Wimbledon.
Sep 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the United States returns a shot to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on day ten of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Federer faces No. 24 seed del Potro in a matchup of former champions, and the top-seeded Nadal takes on Russian teenager Andrey Rublev on Wednesday in quarterfinal action.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful 2017 season, lifting her second Grand Slam trophy at The Championships, Wimbledon and capturing her fifth-career title at the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati.
A fourth different Grand Slam victor of the season will be crowned at the US Open on Saturday after Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens made it through to the final.
“I just stayed positive”, said the 24-year-old Stephens, who lost in the Australian Open semifinals four years ago.
Williams, the most successful female player of the Open Era, gave birth to her first child last month but while the 35-year-old is on maternity leave her compatriots Keys, Coco Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and older sister Venus Williams have shone on home soil.
She didn’t. And so Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain will be the new top dog (ette) when the updated WTA Tour rankings come out on Monday.
The No. 2-seeded team of Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid beat Japan’s Shingo Kunedia and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 6-3, 6-2 in the first match. I think she was just much better in that match and Garbine was not her best. It is a process and here I am. “This means the world to me”. They met in the 2009 U.S. Open final, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s run of five championships in a row in NY.
Keys won an incredible 73 percent of points behind her powerful first serves, including 10 out of 11 in the first set. You’d like to see Vandeweghe clean up on 32 unforced errors she had in her last match, but this is easily the best we’ve seen her play yet. “Whether it was not a great return that just got over the net, I know as a big server it’s really annoying when your serve keeps coming back”, Vandeweghe said.
Vandeweghe and Keys will play their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday.
The second set started with an important hold for Vandeweghe, but her resolve did not last long as Keys broke twice to lead 4-1. Defending that constantly, I’m just going to really have to do everything really well.
Pliskova is on a different level though, and if Vandeweghe is to survive, then serving at a high percentage and hoping she can produce something in the tiebreaker will have to be the plan. “I’m happy I helped out and got my name in there”.
The pair have been regarded as the future of women’s tennis since bursting onto the scene as teenagers and having now reached their first Grand Slam final they will give the U.S. its first All-American final since the Williams sisters in 2002.
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