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US Open: Venus Williams Beats Chech's Petra Kvitova To Enter Semi-Finals

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| September 6 , 2017 , 21:39 IST

Seven-time Grand Slam champion and Star tennis player Venus Williams on Wednesday defeated Chech player Petra Kvitova to reserve a spot in the Flushing Meadows US Open Semi Finals.

The 37-year-old veteran American, seeded 9th, won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling match against her no. 13 seed Czech opponent on Tuesday, who produced a remarkable run to a Grand Slam quarter-final, only nine months after suffering an injury to her playing hand during a knife attack at her home.

Talking to the media after the match, William said, “I’m so fortunate to have won that match. It came down to the wire. I try to tell myself enjoy the competition, enjoy the battle and I think I was able to do that.”

After each taking a set by the same score, the pair played out a thrilling finale that ended in a tie-breaker, with Williams being roared on to victory by the loud 23,000-strong crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Earlier, Williams had won the 2000 and 2001 US crowns. She was also the runner-up at Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year. For the first time since 2002, she reached three Slam finals within a year.

The player also became the oldest semifinalist to make it into the US Open making history at the age of 37.

Williams gave up the first break of serve trailing at 3-1 with three double faults, but was able to reel off five straight games as Kvitova racked up too many errors. A loose Williams game early in the second offered Kvitova the lifeline she needed and she clawed back to take the second set.

Two brilliant cross-court backhands gave Kvitova an early break in the third but Williams recovered from 3-1 down, leveling it when the Czech double-faulted.

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It came down to a tiebreak and a brilliant return at 1-1 was enough to give Williams the momentum. Roared on by the New York crowd, the 2000 and 2001 champion powered to 6-1 and never looked back.

Williams will face a tough competition with American player Sloane Stephens in the semi-final.

-With Agency Inputs