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Venus Williams (clockwise from top left), Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Coco Vandeweghe

One of these 4 American women will be U.S. Open champ

Contributed By:The 411 News

Not since 1981 have all Open semifinalists been Americans

Four Cinderella’s are semifinalists in this year’s U.S. Open tennis championship: Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, and Madison Keys.

Venus Williams’s fans who contend the 7-time grand slam champion can win any event she enters are again being vindicated.

But Williams has not won a major tennis event since 2009’s Wimbledon.

This is Williams’s best year since that Wimbledon win. Now 37-years-old, she is the oldest in the women’s draw at this year’s Open. Venus was in the finals at the 2017 Australian Open, losing to sister Serena. In the finals at the 2017 Wimbledon championship, she lost to Garbine Muguruza.

Tuesday night, she earned a slot in the semifinals.

Three other Cinderella American women make up the remaining contestants.

Not since 1985 have all four women's semifinalists at a major been Americans. And at the Open, four Americans haven't gone this deep since 1981.

The last all-American U.S. Open final was in 2002, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus for the title.

Sloane Stephens, 24, stopped playing in August 2016 because of a stress fracture in her foot. She made her return to competition at the 2017 Wimbledon, losing in the first round. Stephens plays Williams in the first semifinal, Thursday night.

CoCo Vandeweghe, 25, ousted World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, to advance to her second major semifinal this year.

Madison Keys, 22, had a rough start to 2017, missing the first two months after offseason surgery on her left wrist, and then had another procedure in June because of lingering pain.

Vandeweghe and Keys play in the second semifinal, following Williams and Stephens.

Story Posted:09/06/2017

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