US Open 2017: Carreño Busta, Venus Williams v Kvitova and more

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

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

Whether you cheer for the iconic Venus or the reviving Sloane, at least one American woman will be playing in the final of the US Open this week.

She joins fellow Americans Venus Williams and Madison Keys on their U.S. surge into the business end of the Women's draw. It's her third quarterfinal appearance at a Grand Slam, including her semifinal appearance at the 2013 Australian Open and her quarterfinal berth at Wimbledon of 2013. Venus is playing in her 19th US Open. Since then, Williams has gone on to win eight Grand Slam titles, breaking the record for most in the Open era, and has had a baby.

Stephens went 11 months between tournaments because of problems with her left foot.

For the better part of the past year, the 24-year-old has been sidelined following foot surgery. Although she lost to top-10 players Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, respectively, it was clear that we were looking at a rejuvenated and finally healthy Stephens.

Sloane Stephens is convinced that her run to the U.S. Open semifinals is not proof that she is back to being as good a player as she was before foot surgery took her off the tour for almost a year.

She took a fourth-round win 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 over 30th seed Julia Goerges of Germany in almost two hours.

"A month ago before I started winning matches I was really anxious", she said. After all that time being out, she seems to have returned with a refreshing attitude and vigor for the game.

Sevastova was able to put some pressure on the American by forcing her to serve the set out, though Stephens showed no nerves as she took the opening set in fine style. "All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn't", said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University's first All-American in women's swimming. "I couldn't really ask for a better way to come back". These are all such great things.

The magnitude of the matches are nothing new to either American.

Madison Keys of the United States celebrates match point against Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation during their third-round women's singles match on Day 6 of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2017, in Queens.

Pliskova also played the first match on Ashe on Saturday. Keys was able to rally past 17th-seed Elena Vesnina in three sets to get here. I play tennis and I have fun every day.

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