Keys contains Vandeweghe to reach first US Open final

4 American Women Reach US Open Quarterfinals For First Time In 15 Years

4 American Women Reach US Open Quarterfinals For First Time In 15 Years

"Everything she's gone through".

Rafael Nadal had about as easy a time as possible in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, beating 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than 1+ hours to close in on a showdown with Roger Federer.

Keys had no problem with the No. 20 seed Vandeweghe or with an upper right leg injury that caused her to call the trainer to be taped midway through the second set. There was a moment where I came off the court and I said, "I don't know if I'm ever going to win a tennis match again". The loser won a modest 45% of rallies from the first ball had no break points and made 22 errors in nine actively won balls.

Keys is trying to reach her first Grand Slam final, where she would play fellow American Sloane Stephens.

Sep 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the United States returns a shot to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on day ten of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. "I can't be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in", Williams said.

Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015.

Williams vs. Stephens was a back-and-forth affair, with a pair of lopsided sets leading up to a classic third. It is also worth noting that Keys did not face a single break point at all.

Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning in July, outlasted seven-time Slam champion Venus Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5. Keys has dropped just two sets this tournament and is coming off a match in which she got 72 percent of her first serves in play. The most recent match was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Keys won in three sets.

Stephens, ranked 83rd, has matched her deepest Slam run from the 2013 Australian Open. Williams gave her plenty of help with 17 unforced errors and double-faulted for one of Stephens' two breaks of serve. Williams was the first, in 1997. "The fact that there is going to be two all-American semifinals, two people in the finals on Saturday, and there are lots of young up-and-comers". Keys hopes to make her first career grand slam final and is 0-1 in grand slam semifinal appearances.

Vandeweghe and Keys will meet in one semifinal, while Williams faces Stephens in the other.

U.S. Open semifinalist Juan Martin del Potro and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova have won the U.S. Open sportsmanship awards.

Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts after giving up a point to Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in NY.

Federer faces Del Potro for the first time in NY since the towering Argentine rallied from a set and a break down to shock him in the 2009 final. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July, losing in the first round, and lost her next match, too.

Williams and Stephens in a showdown of African-American stars at Arthur Ashe Stadium shows the namesake barrier-breaker's dream of tennis racial diversity is alive in the 20th anniversary season of the world's largest tennis venue.

The member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame wound up with a total of 39 major trophies across those three disciplines.

Decided the names of the two finalists of the 137th version of the Open championship of the US on tennis.

The No. 15 seed beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time.

The four Americans in the 1981 U.S. Open semifinals were Martina Navratilova, Chris Event, Tracy Austin and Barbara Potter.

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