Kvitova faces Venus in mouth-watering US Open match-up

She made the final of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon and now she tries to make the semi-final or better in three of the four majors in a single season.

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

Kvitova battled back from a five-month absence after a knife-wielding home intruder injured her left hand last December.

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"She's who everyone looks up to". She fought as she never used to fight. "I couldn't really ask for a better way to come back". It was just a journey I didn't know how it would end.

"I think Venus is just our leader", Stephens said of the relationship between the American players.

Eight months ago, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic wasn't sure she'd be able to hold a tennis racket again.

Still, this is America's Slam. Both are power players, so the fewest errors will win.

Williams adopted much the same notion, saying, "I have to focus on what's happening on my side of the court, make evaluations out there when I'm out there in terms of strategy and see what's working". Most of the points were short, and the velocity was breathtaking. But it's normal. I mean, it's the third set, you're playing for semifinals of US Open. She had a very makeable return on a second serve, but sent it sailing long.

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.

Contesting her 19th US Open, the 37-year-old American still moves like a teenager. No matter. She was called for a foot fault on match point. A lot of times in those matches I just felt a little unlucky.

"I just told myself to keep fighting and stay consistent", Stephens said. It was something really special for me. "Sometimes you have opportunities and sometimes you take them and you don't But it's not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches".

The 17th-seeded Querrey can blame himself for a meltdown in the first set tiebreak, where he lost five points in a row to allow Anderson into the lead under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The next couple of years saw her falter at the semi-final stage but in 2000 and 2001, she managed to get her hands on the US Open trophy. She has reached the semis only twice since then. She is two steps away from reaching her third Grand Slam final of the season.

Still, she has a chance not only to reach a third final this year but to win her first since 2008, which came at the All England Club against her sister.

But winning in NY, at 37?

But in New York, Kvitova's game is beginning to live up to the heartwarming comeback story many predicted she would script at Wimbledon. I think maybe it's a bad sign sometimes, that I should be more appreciating than I am probably. "Maybe that's why I didn't ever have any expectation to play well here", said Kvitova. "You can't just sit back and hope. Being a professional athlete is a lifestyle", Williams said Sunday night.

The last time all semifinalists were from America was in 1981.

  • Stacy Allen