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4 American Women Reach US Open Quarterfinals For First Time In 15 Years

By Karen Price | Sept. 05, 2017, 12:48 a.m. (ET)

Madison Keys celebrates match point against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their women's singles fourth round match at the 2017 US Open on Sept. 4, 2017 in Queens, N.Y.


American women will comprise half the field when the US Open quarterfinals begin on Tuesday, while on the men’s side Sam Querrey is three wins away from ending the nation’s Grand Slam drought.

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens both advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday, while CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys won their matches on Monday to move forward in the final Grand Slam of the season in New York City. Not since 2002, when Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles and Venus Williams all won in the round of 16, have so many American women reached the quarterfinals.

Venus Williams, seeded ninth, will be playing in the US Open quarterfinals for the 12th time in her career after beating Carla Suárez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. It is the first time she’s reached the quarterfinals at consecutive Grand Slam events since 2010, and 19 of her 33 match wins this year have come at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. She will play Petra Kvitová at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Stephens beat No. 30 seed Julia Goerges, of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the US Open quarterfinals for the first time. Stephens, who did not play between the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Wimbledon because of an injury, reached the semifinals at the 2013 Australian Open for her best result at a Grand Slam. She will play No. 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova for the first time ever at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Vandeweghe defeated Lucie Safarova 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to advance to her third Grand Slam quarterfinals this year, having previously reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. This is her first time in the US Open quarterfinals, and the No. 20 seed will face No. 1 Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday.

On Monday night, 15th-seed Keys upset No. 4 Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 6-4 to further increase the chances of an all-U.S. final. No stranger to long matches at the US Open, Keys played in the final match on Saturday’s schedule and didn’t win until 1:45 a.m., and last year played until 1:48 a.m., the latest finish ever for a US Open women’s singles match. Keys will play unranked Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday.

Five U.S. women reached the fourth round, including Jennifer Brady, who lost to Pliskova on Monday. The last time five women got that far at a Grand Slam was the 2003 French Open.

On the men’s side, No. 17 Querrey beat Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to become the first American man to reach the quarterfinals since 2011. In July, he reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career when he did so at Wimbledon, and he has now won 16 out of his last 19 matches. The last American man to win a Grand Slam title was Andy Roddick, who won the US Open in 2003. Querrey will face No. 28 Kevin Anderson at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The men’s doubles team of twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan is also alive in the quarterfinals after beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 4-5, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday. The 2012 Olympic champions face Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarterfinals at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. The Bryans are seeking their first Grand Slam title since the 2014 US Open, and 17th career win.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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