Venus Williams v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

Venus Williams v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

"I felt every single one of you guys behind me, all 23,000", Williams said.

It came down to a tiebreak and a brilliant return at 1-1 was enough to give Williams the momentum. It was wonderful to see her shine today.

Although the match had been close throughout, the tie-break was mostly one-way traffic. "You can't just sit back and hope". "I wasn't trusting in it because I was kind of afraid because I didn't want to fall".

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't do all the things that I wanted to do".

Williams has now progressed from the last 16 at Flushing Meadows 12 times since making her debut in 1997. Tomorrow, Coco Vandeweghe will take on Pliskova and Keys will face Kanepi to see whether the American dream can continue.

"What she has gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said.

'All I have known all my life was great American players. "I hope so, actually", Kvitova said, smiling.

For Kvitova, there were mixed emotions. "I just knew it would be about a few points". While other players might have used the opportunity for a washroom break - tactical or not, both Kvitova and Williams remained on court, sportsmanlike and patient, with Kvitova even joking with chair umpire Marija Čičak during the intermission.

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Backed by a passionate home crowd, Williams - who is the oldest player ever to make the last four of the US Open - kept the host nation on course to provide all four semi finalists by winning a simply sensational contest. There has not been a Grand Slam victor from the United States since 2003 when Andy Roddick took home the title in Queens. "I'm happy that when I'm playing, I don't have pain in my hand", she said.

"It was a quarter-final, but I know how tough it is to get a title".

The 13th-seeded Czech left-hander, in only her eighth event of the year after hand surgery following a knife attack by a home intruder last December, will play for a semi-final berth Tuesday against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams.

Both the men's and women's singles tournaments at the 2017 US Open are down to their final eight and if you're an American, there is plenty to be excited about.

"This is just incredible", Stephens said. It was the fifth of five consecutive three-setters between the pair, all won by Kvitova, and it was a classic Wimbledon third-round match that featured 23 straight holds before Kvitova finally broke through against Williams in the final game. She may not be a household name but Sevastova has proven that she's an elite player over the past year. Venus and Kvitova will have their sixth direct clash and the first one since 2014 Beijing.

"That's why probably I am playing more relaxed and more free, maybe". Over all, it's a very good tournament for me.

"She has a great timing and a lot of power".

"I'm glad that I am still able to compete on the high level against the top players. It means a lot".