Kvitová out of US Open after defeat to Venus Williams

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

At 37 years old, her slam results this season are as follows: Australian Open runner-up, French Open fourth round, Wimbledon runner-up, and now U.S. Open semifinals.

Vandeweghe is the 20th seed and joins No. 9 seek Venue Williams and Sloane Stephens in the final four.

In her 19th US Open and in her 76th appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam event - which is a record for the Open era - Williams faces a semi-final on Thursday against 24-year-old Sloane Stephens, who as a black American has always been considered a natural successor to the Williams sisters. It is a run that has taken her from outside the top 900 in July to just outside the top 30 with her effort here.

In just her eighth tournament since she was attacked in a horrific home invasion suffering stab wounds to her racquet hand, Kvitova played with emotional fire, particularly on break points.

"This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and of course it being a major", Venus said. I'm very blessed to be able to focus on my game. And she is very gracious in giving credit to others, particularly her sister Serena and her opponents. Stephens got that back, and then went down a break again. "I'd love that."This is fantastic", Stephens said".

"I was fortunate to win that match".

"I just asked my PR manager if I do have a chance for Zhuhai", she said on Tuesday night.

Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams delivered on their end, each winning their respective quarterfinal showdowns by the exact same score line on an exciting day of tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Still, this is America's Slam.

Kvitova has been on her own personal journey back to the top. Williams often talks about being a player who does not focus on the past or dwell on wins and losses. Four of them though are on the women's side. Most of the points were short, and the velocity was breathtaking.

"So for her, I think to be playing well is such a blessing".

Seeded 13th at Flushing Meadows, Kvitova went through the early rounds without dropping a set, but yesterday morning's challenge at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was supposed to be trickier as she was facing third seed Muguruza. Catching her toss at times and leaking errors, the Czech left-hander faced triple break point again.

With the crowd firmly behind her, she took down her fierce rival, the resurgent Petra Kvitova (CZE), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2), to continue her run of age-defying tennis in 2017. "It came down to the wire", Williams said after the quarter-final match on Tuesday.

"Definitely felt like a special match". At Wimbledon, she said, "Yeah, sometimes, when I'm really thinking about it, I got a little weird inside". She made the final, losing to Martina Hingis.

Williams, who won the US Open back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set but fought back, with some assistance from Kvitova. She has reached the semis only twice since then.

Anderson has now become the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Wayne Ferreira at the 2003 Australian Open.

But winning in NY, at 37?

The elder of the Williams sisters will start as the favourite to progress to her first final in NY since then. But maybe before, in the beginning, I was a bit nervous, and also in the tiebreak, as well.

"It was pretty close, pretty intense", Kvitova said. "You can't just sit back and hope".

But only Williams, the No. 9 seed, will get to keep riding the wave in NY. "So it took a while to accept some limitations", Williams said. "You never know whose life you'll touch just by being your best".

Sevastova thought she had a harder time dealing with the jitters presented by the occasion than Stephens did, even acknowledging that she relied less on drop shots late because those require gumption she couldn't quite muster.

The younger folks might not remember. That she has many limitations in her game and that she is not consistent in maintaining the tempo of the match.

"There was a time in tennis, when all my rivals were American".

In this year of tennis comebacks they hardly come more poignant than that of Petra Kvitova, who now finds herself within three wins of an unlikely US Open title. I'm really not thinking about it when I'm playing much.

"That would be huge".