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

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

Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens set up an all-American semifinal on Tuesday at the US Open after dramatic victories in NY.

The ninth-seeded Williams moved into the quarterfinals in NY by outlasting Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday, while Anastasija Sevastova delivered a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Sharapova.

Venus Williams, enjoying one of her finest seasons at age 37, charges after her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown in Thursday's women's semi-finals.

Williams is the oldest woman entered at 37 but was this year's Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up.

Kvitova made her return to tennis this summer at the French Open. "It's great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue".

"I don't think that I can find the right words". The experienced American had two chances in this season to secure another Grand Slam trophy in her already rich career.

A protective splint was required for eight weeks but therapy began immediately, at first simply gripping a glass or a soft ball, then progressing to holding a tennis racquet, but only for a minute at a time. Day by day, the stars have dimmed at the US Open.

"Tie-breakers, you have to play smart but you have to be aggressive", Williams said afterwards.

The Czech Republic player was excellent throughout the whole tournament, and she was pretty convincing in all matches, managing to eliminate the Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

Stephens became the first unseeded United States woman to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Venus Williams in 1997. Williams has been struggling with serve-especially her second serve-which gives the edge to Kvitova. "It was something really special for me". Just happy with where I'm at.

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When asked how she compares this latest string of victories with that period, she said, "I think I have a better perspective and just looking at the game totally different".

At those tournaments, as Williams walked away from her final match, she was able to look ahead to another Slam just around the corner.

The pair completed half of what could be an American clean sweep of the semi-finals, with Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys playing their matches on Wednesday.

It was her first win at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Like the Venus-Kvitova match, Stephens ran out to a lead in the tiebreak as Sevastova's game dissolved in unforced errors as the Latvian ranted and case steely glances at her players' box.

Venus Williams should be the favorite in her semifinals match.

"Had the 6'6" American take things to a fifth, it nearly certainly would have led to the latest finish in tournament history (currently three matches tied at 2:26 a.m.).

"I just stayed positive", said the 24-year-old Stephens, who lost in the Australian Open semifinals four years ago. "So when you see that gap opening bigger in your favor, it feels unbelievable".

"Venus is our leader", she told reporters. It's unbelievable. It's wonderful to see her back and play awesome.

"I'm firmly a person that lives in the future", Williams said after her Sunday night win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

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