Petra Kvitova unsure if she'll be Grand Slam victor again

Venus Williams

Venus Williams is through to the semi-finals at the US Open for the first time in seven years after a thrilling win over Petra Kvitova. But the vocal NY crowd will likely throw its support behind the American, who won the tournament in 2000 and 2001. "I'm so fortunate to have won that match", said Williams. A huge challenge awaits her in the next match as she faces two-time US Open champion Venus Williams on Friday.

Busta, who hit 30 winners in the lopsided contest, has not dropped a set in this tournament and next faces South African Kevin Anderson, who outlasted American Sam Querrey 7-6 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-3 7-6 (7) to reach his maiden grand slam semi-final.

Two more Americans can join Williams and Stephens in the last four with Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys in quarter-finals action on Wednesday.

Petra Kvitova

Williams, who improved to 2-4 all-time against the Czech 13th seed, will return to the world top five for the first time since January 2011, a span that saw her diagnosed with the energy-sapping disease Sjogren's Syndrome. But to come back to championship playing form as quickly as she has, after being sidelined for six months, is quite unbelievable.

"It's wonderful to see her back and playing".

When asked how she compares this latest string of victories with that period, she said, "I think I have a better perspective and just looking at the game totally different".

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The flaming red, white and blue ball gleamed on the back wall behind her as Venus Williams blazed through a thriller.

"I think Venus is just our leader", Stephens said of the relationship between the American players. She won the Australian Open to start the 2017 tour.

Kvitova said the match had been decided by just a few points. Simona Halep arrived in NY leading Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams. "Being a professional athlete is a lifestyle", Williams said Sunday night. "I think as a whole, she's just like what everyone else looks up to". There is not anything bad you can say about Venus. "Before, I was playing well, I had won a couple tournaments and was playing well".

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However, it will not come easy, as Federer comes up against one of only two men to have beaten him in a US Open final (the other was Novak Djokovic in 2015), when del Potro claimed his lone major title in five sets in the 2009 final. I mean, now I'll play players who I've never seen or know their name, and you can't let up one point.

Kvitova had saved five break points in the second set before she levelled the match, going to set point with a bold volley and converting it with a service victor. "I wasn't trusting in it because I was kind of afraid because I didn't want to fall". No doubt both players will be thinking that in the back of their mind as they contest a massive Grand Slam Quarter-Final, where the victor is expected to at least progress to the final dance.

"Tie-breakers, you have to play smart but you have to be aggressive". The last time she did that was back in 2002, where she made three Grand Slam finals in one season. Anderson fired 22 aces compared to just three double-faults and played two-almost three-incredibly clutch tiebreakers to book a spot in his first career Grand Slam semifinal.

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