Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Keys revels in strength of American tennis at US Open

Keys revels in strength of American tennis at US Open

The false dawns of the past decade have given way to hard-won dividends and the best could be yet to come.

History has been made at the US Open, with the women's semi-final line-up to consist entirely of Americans for the first time since 1981.

"I don't want to look like I'm going to be his boyfriend, no?"

"Yeah, I'm really excited and, you know, proud of all of us for getting this far and having it going to be, you know, U.S. all the way".

Williams will face No. 13 seed Petra Kvitova and Stephens faces No. 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova on Wednesday. Stephens has won 13 of her past 15 matches, whereas Keys has won 11 of her last 12. I think it shows how hard we've been working. Gibbs came back from two break points and aced to hold. "I don't know. I don't know what five meters means". I think it's just sports. The close friends then faced each other less than two weeks later in the opening round at Cincinnati.

"I definitely felt like I kind of hit a wall at the beginning of the second set". The last all-American U.S. Open final was in 2002, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus for the title.

The two players have met twice already this season with Keys winning both times. Keys gets unranked Kaia Kanepi and Vandeweghe takes on No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.

Perseverance seems to be a common thread among the Americans left in the field.

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Williams, who won the US Open in 2000 and 2001, seeks her eighth major title at age 37.

Stephens said she was excited about the performance of the Americans.

"I think that starts from Australia". Now that I'm running around and sweating, my ponytail is flying, these are all such great things. She's obviously playing remarkably.

For everyone else it will be a new pressure-packed experience as they make their maiden appearances in the Flushing Meadows semi-finals.

American women will comprise half the field when the US Open quarterfinals begin on Tuesday, while on the men's side Sam Querrey is three wins away from ending the nation's Grand Slam drought.

At the start of the tournament, there were 23 American women in the main draw and four reached the quarterfinals, the first time the USA was so well-represented at the tournament since 2002, when Jennifer Capriati, Lindsey Davenport, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus all made it to the final eight. Then being the last American.

Needless to say, their one meeting doesn't exactly stand out in Williams' mind. She had to learn the game later than most because typical tennis prodigies are groomed in academies at early ages.

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