Venus Williams defies odds, enters 2017 US Open semifinals

The 37-year-old Williams is in the quarter-final for the second time in three years

The 37-year-old Williams is in the quarter-final for the second time in three years

VENUS WILLIAMS seized her moment to win a thrilling clash with Petra Kvitova and reach her first US Open semi-final in seven years. But the vocal NY crowd will likely throw its support behind the American, who won the tournament in 2000 and 2001. Venus Williams is 37 and has had to battle Sjögren's syndrome as well as her opponents to arrive at this point; Sloane Stephens was out "on a peg leg" and couldn't walk for several months after foot surgery; Madison Keys took time away from the tour after surgery to fix her damaged wrist; Petra Kvitova was out due to a severe arm injury after being assaulted and robbed in her home; and Kaia Kanepi was out with double plantar fasciitis and the Epstein-Barr virus.

"It came down to the wire and I'm hoping we have more matches like that".

In his first grand slam semi-final, Anderson faces another first-time major semi-finalist, Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2.

The possibility of another all-American semi-final will rest in the hands of Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, who both face Karolina Pliskova and Kaia Kanepi in their respective quarter-finals this morning (AEST). "That would be huge". All six of the matches between Williams and Kvitova have gone to a third set.

"I'm glad that I am still able to compete against the top players", said the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion. "I try to tell myself enjoy the competition, enjoy the battle and I think I was able to do that".

And the American field has mutual respect for the "grandam" women's tennis: "Venus is just our leader", Sloane said. You play for semi-finals of US Open. "It was pretty close but pretty far, as well".

Williams has been waxing sentimental this week about how much she loves the game and how lucky she feels to still be playing at such a high level at 37.

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The bottom half of the men's U.S. Open has been tarred, feathered, and quite simply laughed at over the past two weeks.

"I think at 5-4 or 6-5 when I was serving, I was in control", Sevastova said. There is not anything bad you can say about Venus.

"If someone would have told me when I started at Wimbledon that I'd be in the semifinals, I would have said they're insane", Stevens said.

Some fascinating stories of triumphs over adversity as we start the quarter-finals of the US Open 2017.

Yesh: Kvitova had to go through a lot just to get here, including a big win over Garbine Muguruza, who was looking unbeatable. "I mean, it's so late, so I know it's tough for people to stay".

Energized by a loud crowd of 23,000 exhorting her, Williams fought back from 1-3 down in both the first and last sets, even losing her left earring chasing down one drive, then erupted in the tie break break prevailing in a glorious duel of first-strike tennis. I didn't want to hope. Getting past Garbine Muguruza, she reached the last eight stages only for the second time. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin's soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff.

The match always looked like being decided in the tie-break and Venus took an early mini-break before dictating play with deep forehands to take a 6-1 lead.

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