Venus Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) on Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova’s eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-3.
Kvitova’s ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.
She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women’s semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens’ deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.
There could be another U.S. vs. U.S. semifinal on the other side of the draw, where 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo. Vandeweghe plays their quarterfinal match on Wednesday.
Source: News agencies