Kvitov√° out of US Open after defeat to Venus Williams

Tricia Pearson
September 7, 2017

If, during her slog through the Grand Slam desert between 2011 and 2014, somebody said she would get to the final Grand Slam on Tuesday night of 2017 with a 19-3 record in 2017 Grand Slam matches, that person would have sounded either nuttily hopeful or just nutty.

Stephens' body is more than holding up. Kvitova's victory under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium set up a match in the quarterfinals versus Williams, against whom she is 4-1 in her career.

Since returning at Wimbledon, Stephens has reached three semifinals, Cincinnati, Toronto and now Queens, and she credits her recent success to the time she spent off the court. Like she would hit these wonderful shots out of nowhere, and all I could do was say, "well done". It was just about a few points. But I think that's what tennis players play for.

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't do all the things that I wanted to do".

"The first set was very close and could have gone either way", Sevastova, who hit 21 winners, said of the match with Sharapova.

'I didn't ever have any expectation to play well here, ' said the Czech. "But being injured gave me a whole new perspective on tennis, on life, and just in general".

Williams has now progressed from the last 16 at Flushing Meadows 12 times since making her debut in 1997.

"It's great for African-American women", Stephens said. But maybe before, in the beginning, I was a bit nervous, and also in the tiebreak, as well. She played very well in the tie-break.

Venus Williams defeats Petra Kvitova in three sets during her quarterfinals meeting with the two-time Wimbledon champion. Stephens was a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victor over Williams in their lone prior encounter at the 2015 Roland Garros and carries great respect for the American icon into their rematch.

The 37-year-old Williams is in the quarter-final for the second time in three years
The 37-year-old Williams is in the quarter-final for the second time in three years

As Williams found her range and rhythm, Kvitova's level dropped considerably.

It definitely felt like a special match.

Kvitova got the early advantage to break for 3-1, but Williams then served to love and broke right back.

"About the double fault [on break point in the third set], of course I didn't want to make it, but I think that she put a lot of pressure on the returns, especially on my second serve", Kvitova said.

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"But sometimes I just really feel that the touch is there, the strength, the aggressive kind of game plan". But they all find themselves in the deep stages of the most hard Grand Slam on the USTA tour.

If Americans Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe win Wednesday, they will produce the first all-American US Open semi-finals since 1981.

"It has been a great two weeks for American tennis, seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", Williams said. But I couldn't allow this moment to disappear. "I hope it can continue".

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