Four score: All US Open semifinalists in women's bracket are American

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

In the second set, Vandeweghe continued to frustrate Pliskova by staying patient in the points and breaking her serve in the fourth and sixth games.

But to each his own journey. Her opponent, Estonian player Kaia Kanepi, has struggled with plantar fasciitis throughout the year and had limited playing time.

Keys saw off her opponent easily, going through 6-3 6-3, while Vandeweghe, seeded 20th, earlier beat Czech top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

An erratic match saw five breaks of serve in both sets, but it was Kanepi who held her serve to reach the quarters in NY for a second time.

It was Vandeweghe who secured the only one in the second set, breaking for 3-1, and she saved a break point in the final game before clinching victory when Pliskova netted a return.

This is the most American women to reach the quarterfinals of a US Open since Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, and Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

"It's pretty cool", Keys said of having all-American semifinals. But was now in to the first quarter-final at her home Major. "I'm really proud of myself for digging deep and figuring that out tonight". "I'm really happy that none of us are playing each other in the quarter-finals". "I don't really take too much in previous bad experiences". Unfortunately, a match against Vandeweghe would probably result in his embarrassment. And her strutting body language can be off-putting to some. Her uncle and grandfather both played for the New York Knicks. But I think the same goes for Kanepi, as well. I am picking Keys and her even temper as being a deciding factor when the lights are brightest.

It is who she is.

The success Vandeweghe thought would instantly be hers has taken longer than she imagined, but that didn't matter to her on Wednesday. Stephens and Williams have already made it through to the semifinals and are facing each other. I played her last time in Stuttgart, I think, so it was clay, a little bit different story. Whatever I am to any person out there, doesn't really affect me personally. I didn't make it. "I think that still holds of, you know, we wanted to be those same players in a later generation". "So it comes with sports". "If someone told me before Wimbeldon I'd be here, I wouldn't believe them". I still had doubles and mixed to play, so I was a little bit in shambles about that. I think Kanepi is also a big player. "You grow and you learn and you adjust to the moments".

Stephens, 24, has always seemed less ambitious than her peers, for whatever reason.