Americans take all women’s U.S. Open semifinal spots

CoCo Vandeweghe after defeating Karolina Pliskova at the US Open on Sept. 6, 2017.

Madison Keys defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Wednesday to join fellow Americans Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, and CoCo Vandeweghe in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. It will be the first time Americans have taken all of the final four spots in the tournament since 1981, when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Barbara Potter did it. It is the first time any country has claimed all four semifinalists at a women’s Grand Slam event since Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Zina Garrison and Kathy Rinaldi made the Wimbledon semifinals in 1985. Also on Wednesday, No. 24-seeded Juan Martín del Potro upset third-seeded Roger Federer, dashing expectations of a semifinal clash between Federer and Rafael Nadal, two of tennis’ most prolific champions.

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