Kvitova out of US Open but back on the big stage

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In December of past year, an intruder broke into her Czech Republic home and attacked her with a knife.

Her return to such form so soon after that attack ensured she had equalled her best ever run in NY, and with a 4-1 head-to-head over the veteran Williams, Kvitova was now targeting another personal best, a first ever semi here.

Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.

Williams, the oldest Grand Slam semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994, won the 2000 and 2001 United States crowns. Nearly at Wimbledon, where she lost the final in straight sets to Murguruza. It wasn't easy to hold serve or break serve.

"About the double fault [on break point in the third set], of course I didn't want to make it, but I think that she put a lot of pressure on the returns, especially on my second serve", Kvitova said.

In his first grand slam semi-final, Anderson faces another first-time major semi-finalist, Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2. "It means a lot to her, too, 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".

"Life is still a little bit odd, but it's getting better as well", she admitted this week.

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The Czech, 27, lost 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) to Venus Williams - just nine months after a knife attack at her home left her requiring surgery to her hand.

"I just asked my PR manager if I do have a chance for Zhuhai", she said on Tuesday night. I'm really not thinking about it when I'm playing much.

The Czech Republic player was excellent throughout the whole tournament, and she was pretty convincing in all matches, managing to eliminate the Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

"Sport is a little microcosm of life and it shows the human spirit, just being out there on the court, fighting against all odds".

A win on Tuesday night could provide her second-ever trip to a semifinal at a Grand Slam.

The 37-year-old's odds have tumbled through each round she has progressed, and before her quarter final match she was still available at 14/1 with one bookmaker. "Great champions came back from injuries or circumstances they could never have planned for", Williams said.

It is interesting that of the six players remaining in the women's draw at the US Open this year, four are Americans. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life. "I wanted to be doing something about my future". No doubt both players will be thinking that in the back of their mind as they contest a massive Grand Slam Quarter-Final, where the victor is expected to at least progress to the final dance.

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It's the first all-American US Open women's semifinal since Serena Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport in 2002. And #Petra Kvitova's run is a special one as the two-time Wimbledon champion came back after being so close to having her career ended. I followed up and asked her to compare her frame of mind then to now.

"I'm getting there slowly", Kvitova said on the eve of the tournament when asked if things were "back to normal".

The unseeded Stephens trailed 3-1 in the third set before reaching the Final Four of a Grand Slam event for the first time in four years.

But four Americans in the semifinals?

'I'm not a robot.

Down a break in the third, Venus fought back.

"She had better nerves in the end", Sevastova said.

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For Pliskova, the stakes will be high because a loss in either the quarter or semi-finals will see her lose the world number one ranking to Garbine Muguruza.

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