Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slam singles titles: Wimbledon five times, and the U.S. Open twice.
The hilarious incident came after the American booked just her second ever grand semi-final with a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) win over Anastasija Sevastova on Wednesday. "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".
"Oh my God, it feels so good", Keys said.
"I have to say I felt every single one of you guys behind me. Thank you so much for the support".
She was one of four US women in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows, the most since five made it that far 15 years ago.
What's remarkable is the fact that the 24-year-old was out of the game for 11 months.
Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams delivered on their end, each winning their respective quarterfinal showdowns by the exact same score line on an exciting day of tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
With the crowd firmly behind her, she took down her fierce rival, the resurgent Petra Kvitova (CZE), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2), to continue her run of age-defying tennis in 2017.
The 24-year-old, ranked 83rd as she makes her way back from injury, won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) in NY. Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, and Venus Williams have all advanced to the semifinals, thus setting up an all-American finish. Not just to me, but also to the millions who look like me, think like me, move in this world like me.
Simply put, Venus has been playing her best tennis in years.
"It's such a wonderful feeling", she said of the tight win. "She's a great leader", Stephens said. "I think that still holds of, you know, we wanted to be those same players in a later generation. I was happy to have a little more luck today, actually".
Thankfully, the 2017 US Open will put an end to at least one of those awful droughts.
Venus couldn't quite produce her best in the Wimbledon final.
- The last time Venus was in the Top 2: Week of June 21, 2010 (at No.2, behind No.1 Serena Williams).
Committed to first-strike tennis, Kvitova consolidated in the fourth game, but stressed out on serve in the sixth game. Their WTA head to head was 1-4, in favor of Kvitova, prior to Tuesday's blockbuster quarterfinal match.
Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 24 seed, faced sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. If she allows Williams to impose herself from the baseline, the match will only have one victor. "It came down to the wire", added the world No. 9, who will return to the top five for the first time since January 2011, a span that saw her diagnosed with the energy-sapping disease known as Sjogren's Syndrome.
Rallies were brief as each woman was intent on taking the first strike.
A thick blanket of humidity left both ladies dripping sweat.
She has a fine backhand, and is generally comfortable trading off that wing, and is one of the best volleyers on Tour.
Thickening clouds gave birth to a spitting shower.
Up a set but down 0-3 in the second, the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed because of some expected thunderstorms.
In the men's event, South Africa's Kevin Anderson reached a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time where he will face Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta who will also be appearing in his maiden last-four at a major. Kvitova confronted triple break point and answered emphatically. Williams backed up the break.
U.S. ninth seed Williams, enjoying one of her finest seasons at age 37, is leading the charge. Kvitova's ninth double-fault gave Williams her initial match point in the tiebreaker.
The Russian, who was playing in her first Grand Slam following a 15-month doping suspension, won the first set but could not maintain the momentum and lost the match 5-7 6-4 6-2. There are few with more pedigree though than Venus Williams. I tried to be focused all the time, Diego is a fighter. I'm very thankful for the opportunity.
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