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szdaily -> Sports
Williams beats Kvitova in thriller to make semis
    2017-September-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

VENUS WILLIAMS seized her moment Tuesday to win a thrilling clash with Petra Kvitova and reach her first U.S. Open semifinal in seven years.

After final defeats at the Australian Open and Wimbledon , the 37-year-old finds herself within two victories of a first grand slam title on home soil since 2001.

She was pushed all the way here by Kvitova in a captivating duel, eventually prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) in a deciding tie-break after two hours and 35 minutes.

Williams said: “It definitely felt like a special match. No easy moments, not easy to hold serve or break serve. This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and of course it being a major.

“It means a lot to her, coming back and being able to compete in this major and to prove obviously to herself that she could defeat anything no matter what’s thrown at her. It was amazing to see her shine today.

“Tie-breakers, you have to play smart but you have to be aggressive. You can’t just sit back and hope. I didn’t want to hope. I wanted to be doing something about my future.”

Williams’ victory also ensures she will return to the top five in the rankings for the first time in six years, irrespective of the result of her next match against fellow countrywoman Sloane Stephens.

The pair completed half of what could be an American clean sweep of the semi-finals, with Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys playing their matches on Wednesday.

“It’s been a great two weeks for American tennis,” said Williams. “Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well.”

For Kvitova, there were mixed emotions. It has been a remarkable fortnight for the Czech as she continues to recover physically and mentally from the knife attack that nearly cost her career and might have cost her so much more.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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