NEW YORK, September 6, 2017
Kevin Anderson advanced to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Sam Querey, the last US-American standing in the men’s draw of the US Open on Tuesday night.
The 28th seed from South Africa fired 22 aces and 67 winners to prevail after three hours and 26 minutes.
“It was an incredible match,” Anderson said. “Matches like that, you sort of focus on getting through right there and then and look at the bigger picture afterwards. I have put in a lot of work. It definitely feels good that I have reached some milestone that I haven’t before.”
Anderson will next play Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain.
All US-American Semi-Final Clash
No.9 seed Venus Williams is through to her third Grand Slam semi-final of the season after edging through in a thrilling three-set victory over Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
“This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and of course it being a major,” Venus said in press afterwards. “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. It was amazing to see her shine today.”
She will next take on fellow US-American Sloane Stephens, who survived a final set tie-break against No.16 seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
“It was incredible,” Stephens said after the match. “I couldn’t hear anything. It was so loud in there. But I think that’s what tennis players play for.
“Obviously as an American, playing at your home slam, to have the crowd like that behind you, is incredible. I don’t think there is any better feeling or better moment you’ll get out of playing tennis.”