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"This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major".

And Kvitova's ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.

"I think I had quite high expectations, and obviously I knew I had quite an OK draw, so there was nobody, like, unbeatable for me, " Pliskova said. "You have to take the ones you have". Furthermore, while 2002 had "the usual suspects" Venus and Serena Williams with Lindsay Davenport, 2017 is featuring comeback stories such as Stephens, Vandeweghe and Keys, all of whom are young players that have battled injuries in their young careers.

Keys' victory over Kaia Kanepi ensured the first all-American semi-final line-up at the US Open since 1981 with Venus Williams facing Sloane Stephens.

Vandeweghe had said beforehand that it would be a match of "first-strike" tennis between two of the best servers and biggest hitters in the game, and the American proved the more clinical. "They all inspire me to be the next best American".

"I hope that I will be ready regardless of the opponent, but it is true that it is unusual that there has ever been a match between Roger and me here", pointed out Nadal.

Rafael Nadal powered into the U.S. Open semifinals and kept alive the possibility for a matchup with his longtime rival, overwhelming Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Until this year Vandeweghe had never gone beyond the second round at Flushing Meadows, but ever since bringing Pat Cash, the former Wimbledon champion, into her coaching entourage her game has flourished. Unfortunately for her, Keys is pretty locked in and is much more powerful.

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"But anyway, I got my chances".

So the easy descriptors come in: Vandeweghe, a NY native, is a remarkable athlete with elite size, but she's erratic and undisciplined, and her game lacks nuance.

Vandeweghe has had a highly successful Grand Slam season. Sam Querrey is in the quarters. Much, much earlier, Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

CoCo Vandeweghe became the third American player into the women's semi-finals at the US Open with an impressive victory over world No 1 Karolina Pliskova. Her power and athleticism remain focal points, but she's building those natural abilities into a more sustainable style, one which put her in the semifinals of the Australian Open and quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year.

The last time four U.S. women were in the semis was 36 years ago when eventual champion Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter all made it. Chris Evert and Barbara Potter also made the semifinals.

The win was Vandeweghe's second this year over the world's No. 1 player, in addition to topping Angelique Kerber in straight sets of the Australian Open.

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