Stephens edges Venus to reach US Open final

Stephens edges Venus to reach US Open final

But here we are with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, aged 24 and 22, who have made it all the way to the day of reckoning, and it was enough for Serena Williams to post on Twitter for the first time since her baby girl was born on September 1. When Williams appeared more tired, Stephens strategically placed the ball in spots on the court she knew Williams could no longer hunt down.

Williams, who made the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals this year, admitted Stephens had edged the crucial points.

After the first set, Sloane Stephens's U.S. Open semifinal against Venus Williams looked like it was going to be easy.

No player was more surprised to find themselves in the last four than Stephens, who just six weeks ago was ranked outside the top 950 in the world. "But if there's someone I have to lose to today, I'm glad it's her". Keys has won 12 of her past 13 matches, Stephens 14 of her past 16. She hasn't been to a U.S. Open semifinal in seven years, and hasn't won a Grand Slam of any kind in more than nine years. She broke Stephens in the second and fourth games, hitting a backhand volley victor to go ahead 4-0.

Keys is just 22, but has a penchant for playing late into the night at Arthur Ashe Stadium - twice she's ended wins just before 2 a.m. She the roared back in the second and didn't even allow Stephens to hold serve a single time.

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"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here", added Stephens, who also earned back-to-back semifinals in August in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Stephens, Vandeweghe and Keys are all seeking their first major final appearance. "I didn't really have much to do with anything out there", the 25-year-old Vandeweghe said. "I told her that I wished it could have been a draw".

Just last month, Stephens ranked 957th in women's tennis and now this!

"Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour, and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else", Stephens said.

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