Kanepi still motivated after defeat by Keys in US Open quarterfinals

Kanepi still motivated after defeat by Keys in US Open quarterfinals

Venus Williams continued her renaissance year Tuesday when she downed Petra Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6 (2) and secured a spot in the U.S. Open semifinals.

But the scene brightened when she won her third career WTA title at Stanford, winning the final over her US Open semi-final foe CoCo Vandeweghe, whom she also beat at Cincinnati in her last US Open tuneup. But there's also 29-year-old Californian Sam Querrey, off his semifinal showing at Wimbledon, and now up against South African Kevin Anderson, two months after Querrey won their five-set Wimbledon bang-a-thon.

"Sometimes you have opportunities, and sometimes you take them and you don't; but it's not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches", Williams said.

"And it takes a lot of the pressure off just because you remember why you do it".

Keys, 22, had a rough start to 2017, missing the first two months after off-season surgery on her left wrist, and then had another procedure in June because of lingering pain. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there - and then again at Wimbledon. She beat Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open in the fourth round when the German was world No. 1.

"It was definitely well competed", Williams said.

"I mean, it means the world to me to make the quarterfinals".

It would have been even shorter, except play was delayed for more than five minutes when Keys left the court to have her upper right leg taped at 4-1 in the second set.

The emotional Vandeweghe dropped to her knees and held her face in her hands after dispatching Pliskova in one hour, 34 minutes. Instead, she said, it's a result of being better than ever.

"My head is a little clearer, if that makes any sense", Stephens said.

"I just wasn't playing well". I had won a couple tournaments and was playing well, obviously. Defending that constantly, I'm just going to really have to do everything really well. Vandeweghe has won nine of her last 12 matches on hard court.

This U.S. Open has become "The Late Show with Madison Keys".

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Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe both won their quarterfinal matches in NY on Wednesday, which means the U.S. Open will have an all-American semifinal for the first time since 1981.

"I played pretty well".

"There was nothing I could do about those shots", Williams said. "Clearly she's seen me play many, many times".

She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it.

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

"It was just kind of, like, eye-opening", Stephens added.

At 5-all, Stephens broke with the help of a lob victor that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and a full-sprint get of a short ball that she turned into a "How did she do that?!" victor at an impossible angle to love 30. Where Clijsters came into the tournament unseeded, Stephens barely owned a world ranking, having stood at No 957 as recently as the end of July. She lost her first match back, and then her second, as well, at a tournament in Washington. "This is just awesome", said the 22-year-old Keys, a semifinalist at the 2015 Australian Open.

"I knew I had to rise to the occasion and I'm just really happy to be in the final".

Her ranking was No. 934 before this recent streak of success. The last time four Americans reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam event was 1985 at Wimbledon.

Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015.

"I'm not a robot", Sevastova said.

The No. 3-seeded Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals. "She played unbelievable points in the end".

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