US Open 2017: All American women’s semis kick off on Thursday

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Four American women contesting two semi-final matches has made history at the U.S. Open 2017 for the first time since 1981. Among them, Williams is the most decorated player. Venus Williams, Stephens, Vandeweghe and Keys aim for final

Williams faces Sloane Stephens, while Keys will battle CoCo Vandeweghe in an all-American final four at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The first match between veteran Venus Williams and 24-year-old Sloane Stephens should play on Thursday afternoon, at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Williams will be the favourite to dispatch Stephens, who is playing in her first grand slam since returning from an 11-month absence due to a foot injury.

Stephens has played inspired tennis since coming back from the injury.Entering the 2017 U.S. Open Series, she was ranked 957 in the world but when Monday’s WTA rankings are released, she will break back into the top 35.

The ninth seeded Williams, who made the final at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, is searching for her first grand slam title since 2008 as well as her 77th U.S. Open win.

The winner of that match will face either CoCo Vandeweghe or Madison Keys, who will play the second semi-final of the evening.

 

 

Source: News agencies