US OPEN: Venus Williams Hit Q'finals after Win over Navarro

Venus oldest semi-finalist in US Open

The first set of 2017 US Open quarter-finals sees Venus Williams face Petra Kvitova and Anastasija Sevastova vs Sloane Stephens. 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.

"These big matches there have been times where I have won these and there have been times I didn't win them".

"I have to say I felt every single one of you guys behind me".

Kvitova will turn up under the lights 259 days after something nearly bottomlessly grim. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. I'm happy she's still playing. "It was pretty close but pretty far, as well".

But like a champion, Williams regained it with the snap of a finger and played an absolutely brilliant decider to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

"Given all she's been gone through, playing at this level is remarkable", Muguruza said.

"It was just kind of, like, eye-opening", Stephens added. She had no intention of giving this one up, and broke back in the sixth game. "So when you see that gap opening bigger in your favor, it feels incredible".

"If someone would have told me when I started at Wimbledon that I'd be in the semifinals or making three semifinals back-to-back, I would have said they're insane", Stephens said after her win Tuesday. 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.

In Sharapova's first Slam since she tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, she ousted second-ranked Simona Halep in the first round and served notice to any contender her game remains formidable.

"Regardless, whatever happens, I have to focus on what's happening on my side of the court", Venus Williams said when asked about the match up.

It turned out to be a very nice budding.

American women's tennis is making a statement at the 2017 US Open.

Kvitova beats Muguruza, into 2nd US Open quarter
Not only was she hitting well and landing her shots, Kvitova was playing smart tennis. And all it took was two pictures I saw yesterday to make up my mind.

This year's US Open has also provided her first trip past the fourth round of a major since 2015.

Williams reached her first Grand Slam final at the 1997 US Open - the year Ashe stadium debuted. Winning doesn't come easy. "I just knew it would be about a few points".

So, of course, does she, palpably.

"So probably my mind was just there, thinking about it". "I think as a whole, she's just like what everyone looks up to. I found out what's important and what is not". Kvitova continued to dominate and closed out the win in one hour and 45 minutes. She had her hand in that splint for two months.

Kvitova returned to the tour in late May at the French Open.

Now ranked 83rd in the world, Stephens will also climb back into the world's top 40 at the end of the tournament, this coming after she launched her comeback from a foot injury at Wimbledon ranked in the 900s.

"Life is still a little bit odd, but it's getting better as well", she admitted this week.

With Madison Keys set to play her quarterfinals on the 10th day of the tournament, there is still the prospect of a first all-American women's semifinal line-up since 1985.

The two-time Wimbledon champion fought off eight of the 11 break points she faced on the night. "So I tried my best to be aggressive, and then to put it in the court". "Before, obviously, I was playing well". I never really did anything wrong in those matches. It's there, which I'm really, really appreciative for that.

"I'm just taking (it) how it is".

With that, she'll walk out, and in quite some company.


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