Coco Vandeweghe beats No. 1 seed to reach US Open semifinals

Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova Continue Remarkable Runs to US Open Showdown

The former Wimbledon champion beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to seal berth in last eight.

US ninth seed Williams, seeking her third US Open crown, advanced to a Thursday matchup for a spot in Saturday's final against 83rd-ranked compatriot Sloane Stephens.

"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", said Williams. "There were no easy moments".

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 break points.

"If you can imagine the quality of this match was high, I would say the others were even higher", Williams said of her past battles against Kvitova.

Williams, who is 37-years-old, is a two-time US Open champion.

Busta, who hit 30 winners in the lopsided contest, has not dropped a set in this tournament and next faces South African Kevin Anderson, who outlasted American Sam Querrey 7-6 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-3 7-6 (7) to reach his maiden grand slam semi-final.

As reported by The Root, Williams, 37, reached the finals in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.

"I would love the top four, five to be that [American] again", added Williams. That was the year when she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an incurable auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

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 not sure about (winning) titles of the grand slam".

In Wednesday's remaining quarter-finals Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe will take on Kaia Kanepi and Karolina Pliskova respectively. "So it's great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue".

The two women fought a thrilling toe-to-battle in the opening match of the night session in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Both women were on the attack - and both were fighting on defense with everything they had.

Sevastova, who matched her best major run from previous year at NY by ousting Maria Sharapova to reach the last eight, led 3-1 in the third set before Stephens rallied.

Kvitova's response was excellent.

VENUS WILLIAMS ended the Petra Kvitova fairytale and moved a step closer to the greatest triumph of her incredible career with this historic victory at Flushing Meadows.

"I'm still living my dream, and it's wonderful", said Williams.

Exhorted on by the roaring 23,000 fans in the tie break, Williams showed courage bolting a forehand down the line for 3-1.

Venus last won a Major in 2008. I didn't really play these kind of great players so far in the season when I came back. "Maybe that's why I didn't ever have any expectation to play well here", said Kvitova. Of course that's why I'm playing tennis, and that's why I wanted to be back and playing, and it is a big motivation.

All the good work Kvitova did on this night dissolved with a double fault handing Williams five match points. But to come back to championship playing form as quickly as she has, after being sidelined for six months, is quite unbelievable.

Stephens' fantastic comeback from injury has now taken her into the semi finals of her home Grand Slam.

"I think Venus is just our leader", Stephens said. "If you're down, you keep going", Williams said.



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