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Sloane Stephens, 24, makes history as the first American woman besides the Williams sisters to advance to US Open semifinals

MAKING HISTORY: Sloane Stephens

SLOANE STEPHENS has made history as the first woman, besides the Williams sisters, to advance to the semifinals of the US Open.

The 24-year-old, who was off the tour for nearly a year after having foot surgery, beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova over three compelling sets on day nine to reach her second slam semi-final on her sixth visit to Flushing Meadows.

“Oh, man, this is just incredible,” she said with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in her ears. “When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never even have dreamed that this could happen: making the semi-finals of my home slam. It’s indescribable.

“I just told myself to keep fighting. I have been staying so calm on the court. I knew I would get my opportunity. I had doubts, like a month ago, because I was worried about my protected ranking [83]. But once I realised my life is good, I play tennis, I have fun, I was able to release a lot of tension.”

She will now face Venus Williams in the in the first all-American women’s semi-final in New York since 2002.

Venus, 37, reached the finals in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year. She is looking to win her 50th WTA singles championship.

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