US Open 2017: Venus Williams beats Petra Kvitova in final-set tie-break to make semis

Breaking news

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Venus Williams proved too strong for Petra Kvitova in a final-set tie-break in a thrilling US Open quarter-final in New York.

The 37-year-old American reached the 23rd major semi-final of her career with a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) victory.

Williams, seeded ninth, came back from 3-1 down in the final set to win in two hours and 34 minutes.

She will next face Sloane Stephens, with an all-American semi-final line-up possible.

Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe will try to join their compatriots in the last four when they play their quarter-finals on Wednesday.

More to follow.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

American Stephens into US Open semis after final-set tie-break

Sloane Stephens

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

American Sloane Stephens won a final-set tie-break to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and reach her first US Open semi-final.

The 24-year-old, ranked 83rd as she makes her way back from injury, won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) in New York.

Stephens played superbly to come back from 3-1 down in the final set, converting her first match point with a brilliant backhand.

She will face compatriot Venus Williams or Petra Kvitova in the last four.

With Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe also through to the last eight, there is the prospect of an all-American semi-final line-up.

It is four years since Stephens made the Australian Open semi-finals, but her ranking had plummeted to 957th following an 11-month break with a foot injury.

Only two months later she is through to a Grand Slam semi-final and projected to break back into the world’s top 40, at least.

“Oh man, I’m getting teary-eyed,” said Stephens. “I think my coach is probably crying.

“This is just incredible. When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never have dreamed of this happening.

“Making the semi-final of my home Slam, it’s indescribable.”

‘I just told myself to keep fighting’

Sloane Stephens and Anastasia Sevastova

Stephens got the 24,000 spectators on Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day session animated as though it was a night match with a dramatic win.

She looked to have learned from Maria Sharapova’s defeat by Sevastaova in the previous round as she reined in her power and, after a timid opening service game, began to move forward whenever possible.

Sixteen trips to the net and two breaks of serve helped Stephens to the first set, and Sevastova’s hopes appeared further damaged when she had a medical timeout for attention to her leg.

However, the Latvian resumed in more measured fashion, cutting her errors from 18 in the opening set to six as she clinched the second.

Stephens was now struggling on serve, making less than 50% of first serves, and a woeful smash seemed to signal the end as she fell 3-1 behind.

Quite the contrary – a gripping conclusion saw the American level at 3-3, the pair swap service breaks and then hold impressively on their way to a decisive tie-break.

It was Stephens who made the running, and the pressure told as three errors from Sevastaova left the American with match point, converted as she drilled a backhand down the line.

“I just told myself to keep fighting,” added Stephens.

“I’d been playing so well and so consistent, I knew if I stuck with it I’d have a chance, and that’s what I did.”

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

American Stephens into US Open semis after final-set tie-break

Sloane Stephens

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

American Sloane Stephens won a final-set tie-break to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and reach her first US Open semi-final.

The 24-year-old, ranked 83rd as she makes her way back from injury, won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) in New York.

Stephens played superbly to come back from 3-1 down in the final set, converting her first match point with a brilliant backhand.

She will face compatriot Venus Williams or Petra Kvitova in the last four.

With Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe also through to the last eight, there is the prospect of an all-American semi-final line-up.

It is four years since Stephens made the Australian Open semi-finals, but her ranking had plummeted to 957th following an 11-month break with a foot injury.

Only two months later she is through to a Grand Slam semi-final and projected to break back into the world’s top 40, at least.

“Oh man, I’m getting teary-eyed,” said Stephens. “I think my coach is probably crying.

“This is just incredible. When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never have dreamed of this happening.

“Making the semi-final of my home Slam, it’s indescribable.”

‘I just told myself to keep fighting’

Sloane Stephens and Anastasia Sevastova

Stephens got the 24,000 spectators on Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day session animated as though it was a night match with a dramatic win.

She looked to have learned from Maria Sharapova’s defeat by Sevastaova in the previous round as she reined in her power and, after a timid opening service game, began to move forward whenever possible.

Sixteen trips to the net and two breaks of serve helped Stephens to the first set, and Sevastova’s hopes appeared further damaged when she had a medical timeout for attention to her leg.

However, the Latvian resumed in more measured fashion, cutting her errors from 18 in the opening set to six as she clinched the second.

Stephens was now struggling on serve, making less than 50% of first serves, and a woeful smash seemed to signal the end as she fell 3-1 behind.

Quite the contrary – a gripping conclusion saw the American level at 3-3, the pair swap service breaks and then hold impressively on their way to a decisive tie-break.

It was Stephens who made the running, and the pressure told as three errors from Sevastaova left the American with match point, converted as she drilled a backhand down the line.

“I just told myself to keep fighting,” added Stephens.

“I’d been playing so well and so consistent, I knew if I stuck with it I’d have a chance, and that’s what I did.”

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

US Open 2017: Pablo Carreno Busta beats Diego Schwartzman to reach semi-finals

Pablo Carreno Busta

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta reached the US Open semi-finals for the first time with a straight-set win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

The 12th seed overcame 25-year-old Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes in New York.

Carreno Busta, 26, is yet to drop a set at the tournament and is the highest-ranked man left in the bottom half of the draw.

He will face the winner of Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson in the last four.

Querrey and Anderson meet later in the second night session match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Incredible. It’s something I always dreamed of,” said Carreno Busta.

“I tried to be focused all the time, play aggressive. I am very excited to be in the semi-finals.”

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

Williams & Kvitova to meet in last eight on day nine

Venus Williams

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day

The only Grand Slam champions left in the women’s draw will meet when Venus Williams plays Petra Kvitova in the US Open quarter-finals on day nine.

American ninth seed Williams and Czech 13th seed Kvitova open the night session at 00:00 BST on Wednesday.

Williams is the only former US Open winner in the last eight and looking for her first major win in nine years.

“I’ll take any advantage I can get, let’s face it,” said the 37-year-old, who was champion in 2000 and 2001.

“But at the end of the day when I go out there and someone’s across the net from me, they’re playing well. They’re not going to give you any matches.”

The pair will be followed onto Arthur Ashe Stadium by American 17th seed Sam Querrey and 28th seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Williams has reached the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, and is in contention to win a third US Open 20 years after making the final on her debut.

The seven-time major champion has overcome injuries and illness in recent years, while Kvitova faces a Grand Slam quarter-final nine months after suffering a knife attack.

Petra Kvitova

The Czech, 27, required surgery on her playing hand and only returned to the sport in May.

“What she’s gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable. The world we live in is just shocking,” added Williams.

“So for her, I think to be playing well is such a blessing. To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it’s such a beautiful thing to see.”

Kvitova, who leads their head-to-head record 4-1, said: “We always had tough battles but I will try my best.

“She’s a big server of course. She has something special which the other players doesn’t have.”

Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, the 29th seed, open play on Ashe at 17:00 on Tuesday.

Unseeded American Sloane Stephens then takes on Latvian 16th seed Anastasia Sevastova, who overcame Maria Sharapova to reach the last eight.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

Ill Del Potro wins incredible Thiem battle in five sets

Juan Martin del Potro

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Juan Martin del Potro staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem to reach the US Open quarter-finals.

The 2009 champion was struggling with illness from the outset and received treatment in the first set.

With the crowd behind him, the Argentine saved two match points and rallied to take it to a decider, coming through 1-6 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.

Del Potro will now face either Roger Federer or Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Thiem, 24, reached the fourth round last year and came up against Del Potro, but had to retire with a knee injury.

It looked like the meeting between the pair would be hindered by a lack of fitness once again, but it turned into an epic encounter.

Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro, 28, was broken in the first game and seemed to be struggling with his eyesight.

Having lost the first set in 36 minutes, and after receiving medical treatment, the former champion finally hit his first winner in the 12th game but then wasted three break point opportunities.

The third set was far more competitive, as Del Potro appeared to be buoyed by medication and a partisan crowd. He broke Thiem in the second game and raced clear to take the set.

The 24th seed saved two match points in the fourth with aces and the Grandstand Court went wild when Del Potro won the resulting tie-break to take it to a decider.

There was more drama when Del Potro failed to convert three break points while 3-2 up in the fifth, but an hour after facing match point, the Argentine completed the unlikely comeback as Thiem served a double fault.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

US Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach last eight

Rafael Nadal

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the US Open quarter-finals for the first time in four years after beating Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The Spaniard, 31, won 6-2 6-4 6-1 in just one hour and 41 minutes at Flushing Meadows.

He goes on to face 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev or Belgian eighth seed David Goffin.

More to follow.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

Pliskova eases into US Open quarter-finals

Karolina Pliskova

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day

Karolina Pliskova cruised into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a straight-sets win over American Jennifer Brady.

The Czech world number one had to save match point before beating China’s Shaui Zhang in the third round.

But she needed only 46 minutes to win 6-1 6-0 on Arthur Ashe Stadium against the world number 91, who was competing in the last 16 for the first time.

Pliskova will now face Coco Vandeweghe or Lucie Safarova in the next round.

More to follow.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

Kvitova rediscovers irresistible attacking game to stun Muguruza

Petra Kvitova

US Open 2017
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Petra Kvitova powered past Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in Sunday’s US Open night session to reach the quarter-finals.

The Czech 13th seed fought back from 1-4 down in the first set to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

It is Kvitova’s best effort at a Grand Slam since she reached the last eight in New York two years ago.

The 27-year-old returned to action in May following a knife attack at her home last December.

She required extensive surgery on her left hand and confirmed only last week that it still did not feel completely back to normal.

However, the evidence of Monday night is that Kvitova is once again capable of the irresistible attacking tennis which brought her Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014.

“Sometimes I just really feel that the touch is there – the strength, the aggressive kind of game plan,” said Kvitova.

“It’s there, which I really, really appreciate. It took me a while to find it. Luckily I found it in a Grand Slam, which is nice.”

She goes on to face Venus Williams in the last eight on Tuesday.

“It will be a great match for me to step on Arthur Ashe Stadium again – probably – and play there,” said Kvitova.

“Venus has something special which the other players doesn’t have.”

The defeat is a blow to Muguruza’s hopes of becoming world number one, although she remains in pole position as things stand.

Czech Karolina Pliskova must reach the final to hang on to the number one spot, and Ukraine’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina needs to reach the semi-finals to stay in contention.

Both women play their fourth-round matches on Monday.

“We’ll see – I’ll keep an eye now on the scores,” said Muguruza.

‘I felt like she was superior’ – Muguruza

Muguruza, 23, was widely viewed as the title favourite and next number one in waiting, until she ran into the blistering shot-making of Kvitova.

Both women finished with 18 more errors than winners, but Kvitova’s attacking intent was rewarded with 24 winners to seven.

Muguruza eased into an early 4-1 lead and had three break points for 5-1, but Kvitova held firm and clenched her fist after a forehand winner kept her in touch.

Kvitova would get the chance to serve for the set six games later but played a poor game, and fell 2-0 behind in the tie-break.

From that moment on, the Czech was in command, moving 5-3 clear after Muguruza steered a volley long and converting her first set point with a smash.

An early break for the Spaniard in the second set was quickly handed back, and Muguruza’s forehand would begin to falter – she ended with 16 errors on that side.

Four straight games put Kvitova on the brink of victory and she got across the line in dramatic circumstances, saving three break points before Muguruza finally succumbed.

“Even though I was winning 4-1, I think she was playing great,” said Muguruza.

“I felt like she was superior today. You know, great for her. She played very good.”

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source

Sharapova knocked out of US Open by Sevastova

Anastasija Sevastova

US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day.

Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam tournament in 19 months ended with defeat by Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open fourth round.

Latvia’s Sevastova, the 16th seed, won 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in New York.

The 27-year-old will play Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, after the American beat Julia Goerges.

Sharapova, ranked 146th after returning from a doping ban in April, was given a wildcard into the main draw.

The 2006 champion had played just one match since May coming into Flushing Meadows, with injuries forcing her out of the grass-court season and US Open build-up.

She played superbly to upset world number two Simona Halep on the first day of the tournament, and then beat Timea Babos and Sofia Kenin on her way to the last 16.

Sevastova proved too strong, however, the 5ft 5in Latvian’s defensive skills and ability to create angles ultimately derailing the Russian.

More to follow.

Follow tennis with the BBC
Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone
My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news

Go to Source