Keys and Vandeweghe were scheduled for the second semifinal later Thursday night.
No matter who advances, it will set up the first all-American US Open final since 2002, when Venus lost to younger sister Serena. So to be able to play her in both of our first finals is a really special moment, especially with everything that we have gone through this year.
An extraordinary third set continued to swing both ways, but it was Stephens who found herself serving for the match after some stunning shots saw her break Williams to love. Yes, it was a clean sweep for the American women in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the result is an all-American semifinal lineup on Thursday. "He played during a time where he couldn't just focus on the tennis".
She had a set point in the opener against Vandeweghe but could not take it and the 20th seed completed athe victory to reach her second grand slam semi-final of the season.
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"I knew that at some point I'd have an opportunity", Stephens said. One week later, Keys defeated Vandeweghe 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Since then, Stephens underwent personal tragedies followed by a a career-threatening stress fracture (left foot) that kept her out of tennis for 11 months. She won the second set in 30 minutes. Williams tallied three aces and won 63 percent of her first-service points, while Stephens notched two aces and won 56 percent of her first-service points, per the tournament's official website. "Serena and Venus were 17-18 years old when they started winning", Wilander said. She remains on track to win her first Grand Slam title since 2008. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.
"I just wasn't playing well", Williams said. "I definitely never envisioned it happening this way, but I couldn't think of a better person to have this first experience with", Keys said.
The 25-year-old Vandeweghe equals her best showing a major.
"I was real nervous", Keys said. I wasn't playing well.
Stephens, 24, is 4-0 in WTA finals, having won titles in 2015 at Washington and past year in Auckland, Acapulco and Charleston. I continued to play aggressive and to play the kind of tennis that it takes to win.