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Liguori: 2 American Women Already In US Open Quarters, 3 More Will Try On Labor Day

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This is the second time in her career Vandeweghe has reached the semifinals, as she did so earlier this year at the Australian Open where she lost to Venus Williams.

In 2016, Stephens suffered a career-threatening stress fracture (left foot) that kept her out of the sport for 11 months.

In the last quarterfinals match today, American Madison Keys (15) took on Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who is unseeded and the 418th player in the world.

Stephens was now struggling on serve, making less than 50% of first serves, and a woeful smash seemed to signal the end as she fell 3-1 behind.

Just moments after beating 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova to move on to her first U.S. Open semi-final, Stephens put her post-match press conference on hold because an insect had flown into her personal space.

Once looked as the successor to the Williams sisters, Stephens' career has idled, and she was completely on idle for almost 11 months with a foot injury that required surgery. She received treatment from a trainer late in the first set Tuesday for a problem with her upper right leg.

Six years on and Venus Williams is on the cusp of reaching a third Grand Slam final of the year after finishing runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

She finished sixth in the country in the backstroke and swam to all-American honors at Boston University in the same time frame when, in April 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis went on Ted Koppel's "Nightline" to state, among other lunacies, that black people were "not good swimmers" because "they don't have the buoyancy".

Liguori: 2 American Women Already In US Open Quarters, 3 More Will Try On Labor Day
Venus Williams advances to US Open semis

For the first night match, Williams had to face off against Petra Kvitova, already a popular player and one whose emotional and near-miraculous comeback from a horrific home invasion has struck a chord with tennis fans.

It is fair to say that unless there is the upset of the decade, the victor of the Open will come from these former champions. "When I wasn't playing, like, of course I loved my time off; but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be". "Before, I was playing well, I had won a couple tournaments and was playing well".

She's already nearly all the way back to where she was before a foot injury suffered last summer required surgery in January.

It's Labor Day, and I can't think of a better time to appreciate the high-achieving efforts of several of the young American women this year at the US Open.

Stephens was the first to advance to the last four after coming from a break down in the final set to get the better of Sevastova, claiming victory in a tiebreak which she took seven points to four. "Make evaluations out there when I'm out there in terms of strategy and see what's working".

And this: For the first time in the Open era that commenced in 1968, for the first time since 1958 when the tournament was known as the U.S. National Championships, four American-born ladies have advanced to the semis. "I was in control", Sevastova said.

After the pair split the opening two sets in tiebreaks, a break was enough for Anderson, previously a quarter-finalist in 2015, to take the third set. "I think my coach is probably crying". It's something that I always dreamed of but never think I can arrive here.

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