Sevastova loses to Stephens in US Open 1/4

Posted September 07, 2017

Williams, who won a dramatic, hard-fought match Tuesday against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, will face Stephens, who overcame No.16 Anastasija Sevastova.

"Obviously, I was upset that I was injured", she said after her win over Goerges.

"It's been a great two weeks for American tennis; seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", said Venus.

A star-spangled week has become a star-spangled sweep, leaving us in Queens with a full house of Americans in the U.S. Open semifinals.

Get in touch with your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook. "It's great for African-American women", Stephens said.

She received treatment from a trainer late in the first set Tuesday for a problem with her upper right leg.

That's all changed this year though and she will be hoping to go one better than her 2010 defeat to eventual champion Kim Clijsters. She is continually fighting two opponents, but has looked very strong at the Open and produced her best Grand Slam season since she last won a major at Wimbledon in 2008.

Stephens was in the middle of her media commitments when a tiny insect flew in front of her face, causing the 24-year-old to cry out in a hilarious state of panic. Murray struggled through the grasscourt season, exiting the Aegon Championships in the first round and failing to successfully defend his Wimbledon title, losing to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals.

Her win over then world No.1 Angelique Kerber in the Miami quarter-finals in April - made her the oldest player of all time (36 years, nine months) to topple a player in top spot. Her other was at the Australian Open in 2015.

VW is a popular draw for the home crowd in the Big Apple.

She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women's semifinal in NY since 2002.

Kvitova, whose backhand return was proving tough to handle, again went ahead in the second set with a break courtesy of a victor down the line and she held for 3-0 after saving breakpoints. "And her resiliency in overcoming the injury has carried over to the matches where, when she gets down, she has shown the ability to fight back, particularly in third sets".

The Russian, who was playing in her first Grand Slam following a 15-month doping suspension, won the first set but could not maintain the momentum and lost the match 5-7 6-4 6-2. It also means Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza replaces the Czech at the top of the world rankings.

Stephens reaches the semi-finals of the tournament to NY for the first time in his career.

The tennis during her win over Sevastova of Latvia wasn't necessarily the best.

While Serena Williams, the most dominant player in tennis history with 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is home with her newborn baby, her countrywomen are dominating at the U.S. Open: all four semifinalists are American.

The U.S. Open will pay out a record total of over $50 million this year.

It is Kvitova's second quarterfinal appearance at the US Open, soon after returning from a stabbing injury to her hand.

Certainly there must have been times when Venus and her sister Serena wanted to be simply known as tremendous tennis players and not "black tennis players".