US Open: Keys, Vandeweghe join Williams, Stephens in semifinals

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

The second set started with an important hold for Vandeweghe, but her resolve did not last long as Keys broke twice to lead 4-1.

The pair have been regarded as the future of women's tennis since bursting onto the scene as teenagers and having now reached their first Grand Slam final they will give the United States its first All-American final since the Williams sisters in 2002.

It is the first time since Wimbledon 1985 that four American women have featured in a grand slam semi-finals, and the first time since 1981 at the U.S. Open.

Keys, who missed the first two months of the season recovering from wrist surgery, is peaking at the right time and blazed into the her semi-final with a 69 minute 6-3 6-3 dismantling of Estonia's Kaia Kanepi. They roared for Williams during introductions after politely applauding Stephens.

Keys needed just 69 minutes to see off a tired opponent who appeared to be simply out of gas after playing eight matches, including three in qualifying to get into the main draw. Ultimately, she came out victorious with a final score of 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.

Stephens, ranked 83rd after recently returning from injury, won 6-1 0-6 7-5 in the first semi-final. Both Williams and Stephens advanced by winning third-set tiebreaks. It is also worth noting that Keys did not face a single break point at all.

Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career.

A break to open the second and another to end the contest brought a smile and a squeal of delight from Keys as she threw her hands into the air in triumph.

The two sets lasted just 31 and 39 minutes, respectively.

It's the third straight round for both players in which they've played a three-set match.

The victor will face No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals Friday. Stephens did not make her entry until Wimbledon, having spent most of the year with her left foot in a special boot. She's won her second career Grand Slam title, reached the quarterfinals at another Grand Slam event, and has steadily climbed the WTA Tour rankings.

None of the top eight seeds remain in the women's draw. Williams was the first, in 1997. There are many more Grand Slams to come. She last made the U.S. Open final in 2002.

Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal. That distinction will belong to Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

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.

"My best asset today was making her continually play on her service games". To be eligible, players had to compete in at least two U.S. Open series events, as well as the U.S. Open.

The No. 2-seeded team of Britain's Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid beat Japan's Shingo Kunedia and Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez 6-3, 6-2 in the first match. On top of coming back after having a big win and then all of a sudden being in a match where you're supposed to win, it was a lot - and then being the last American.

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

The fifth-seeded pairing of American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were stopped in their bid for a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to 11th-seeded Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. Where Clijsters had already won the US Open in 2005, Stephens - who is 24 - had given the impression of an unfulfilled talent.

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