2018 Australian Open Women's semifinalists
The world No83 becomes the 14th unseeded player to advance to a major final in the Open era and only the fourth at the US Open.
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Williams responds with a backhand winner at the net for 15-all, but misses on a backhand for 30-15.
Another missed backhand by Williams under duress gives Stephens a pair of us open tennis womens semifinals results points.
And another backhand error by Williams, this one of the unforced variety, gives Stephens the match!
She raises both arms skyward and flashes a megawatt smile, through to her first ever grand slam final!
Then a tighly angled forehand winner after a Williams forehand caromed off a netcord.
Suddenly, Williams is down love-30 and two points from the break.
Williams then sends a forehand long for love-40 and Stephens will have three chances to break serve.
She needs only one as Williams sprays a backhand wide early in the rally to give Stephens the break at love.
Williams misses a forehand on the next point, but a Stephens backhand fails to clear the net and now, at 30-all, Williams is two points from a place in the final.
Then Stephens gets the best of Williams in a 25-shot rally, ending it with a passing backhand down the line punctuated with a fist pump.
Stephens misses on a backhand, but then Williams commits her third double fault of the set and sixth of the match for 30-all.
Now Williams makes an unforced error on the forehand to give Stephens a break-point chance at 30-40.
Stephens then mishits a pair of backhands to give Williams the hold.
Now Stephens will serve to stay in the match.
A lengthy rally on the first point ends when Stephens sends a backhand long.
Then she falls behind love-30 on a forehand that sails past the baseline.
But Williams responds with a pair of errors for 30-all.
Stephens then nets a backhand volley with both players at the net and now Williams will have a break-point chance at 30-40 for a chance to level the set.
Williams then pounces on a 62mph second serve and Stephens can hardly get a racket on the return.
Now another unforced error on the backhand, but follows it with a sharp backhand winner down the line for 30-all.
A missed forehand by Williams gives Stephens a break point.
Huge point coming up!
But Stephens sends her return long and wide for deuce.
Williams then dials in a 106mph service winner, but follows with another scratchy forehand for deuce again.
Now another loose forehand by Williams at the end of a marathon game gives Stephens a second look at a break in this game, but she saves it again with a forehand winner.
Williams then sends another forehand into the net, giving Stephens a third break chance.
And this time Williams biffs a forehand volley and Stephens has a crucial break.
Could that be the edge she needs to see her through to the final?
She comes to net and clobbers a forehand winner for 15-30, but Williams then ends a long rally with a massive forehand winner for double break point.
Stephens saves the first with a forehand winner at the net, then the second with a backhand volley winner.
Williams then makes an unforced error off the forehand, followed by a Stephens ace down the middle to secure the hold.
Then she overcooks an overhand smash, sending it long past the baseline for love-30.
Williams digs out for 30-all with two quick points, but Williams sends a backhand long for 30-40 and Stephens has another look at a break point.
Williams saves it with a booming 112mph ace, then a crowd-pleasing backhand volley winner for game point.
She follows with a double fault for deuce, then Stephens chips in an pair of unforced errors off the backhand to give Williams the hold.
Now Stephens makes an unforced error off the backhand and Williams has three break-point chances to level up the set.
Stephens saves the first when Williams misses by inches on a forehand — or not, as Hawk-Eye confirms — then the second on a missed backhand.
Then a 19-stroke rally ends when Williams puts a backhand into the net and Stephens has saved all three us open tennis womens semifinals results deuce.
But Stephens then gets tight with a pair of unforced errors off the forehand and Williams has broken back!
Two more unforced errors off the backhand side to fall behind love-30.
Williams grinds out three quick short points before Stephens pulls one back for deuce.
From there Williams hits a pair of service winners for the hold, but she remains down a break early in the deciding set.
Stephens saves the first with a service winner, then the second at the end of a lengthy rally when Williams sends a shot past the baseline.
And now a pair of unforced errors from Williams give Stephens the much-needed hold to back up the service break.
Now Williams comes to net early in the point and puts a backhand volley into the net!
An early break for Stephens in the decider!
Second set: Williams 1-6, 6-0 Stephens At 15-all, a lengthy rally breaks out and Stephens ends it with big angled forehand winner from the us open tennis womens semifinals results />Much better there from the underdog.
Then Williams loads up on a backhand going for a winner but puts it in the net for 40-15.
Williams comes in on the next point and tries a drop shot that Stephens retrieves, but Williams puts it away with a forehand volley winner.
Stephens makes an error for deuce, but then hits a service winner for game point.
Then Williams pushes Stephens almost off the court with a ferocious forehand, putting away the meek return us open tennis womens semifinals results an easy forehand winner into the open court.
Now Stephens makes a bad error off a backhand and Williams has a break point for the set.
A six-stroke rally ends pity, us open tennis womens semifinals results apologise Stephens dumps a forehand into the net and Williams has the break and the set at love.
Two more break points for Williams.
Now Williams hits a backhand winner for 15-40 and has a pair of break points.
Stephens saves the first with a forehand winner into the open court from the baseline.
The Williams makes another unforced error off the backhand side for love-30.
Williams responds with a backhand winner, but double-faults again for 15-40.
Double break point for Stephens.
She saves the first with a big forehand winner, then the second when Stephens sends a backhand sailing.
Stephens earns a third break chance with a clean cross-court backhand passing shot winner, but Williams saves it with a forehand winner down the line.
Stephens then sprays a forehand wide, giving Williams game point, but Williams airmails a forehand for deuce.
Williams hits a 111mph service winner, but is pinned to the baseline by a deep Stephens groundie and forced into an error for deuce once more.
From there Williams rattles off two quick points for the hard-won hold.
Venus starting to pick things up here, looking more comfortable in the rallies.
Mostly just steady play from Stephens, who sat back and watched as a nervy Williams made one error after another throughout the opener.
Williams pulls one back with a service winner, but botches another forehand for 15-40 and Stephens will have a pair of break-point chances.
And — oh dear!
Stephens will now try to serve out the set.
Williams gets a point back but makes yet another unforced error, her 12th already and not even through the fifth game, for 40-15.
Stephens nets a backhand for 40-30, but answers with a forehand winner to back up the break.
But she quickly comes apart in a blur of unforced errors: three straight on backhands to set up the first break point of the match, then a badly hit forehand that gives Stephens the first break.
Stephens then hits a service winner but mixes in an unforced backhand error from the baseline for 30-all.
Venus makes another unforced forehand error.
But Stephens answers with one of her own for deuce, but rattles off two quick points for the hold.
A whiff of opportunity for Stephens?
But then dials in a 91mph ace, followed by a forehand winner into the corner and another 116mph ace down the middle.
Then Stephens frames a forehand from the baseline and Williams has a hold from love-30 down.
Then Williams follows with three straight unforced errors off the backhand side to give Stephens the early hold.
The players are finished with their warm-ups and just about ready.
The others: the 1979 US Open, the 1981 US Open, the 1982 Australian Open, the 1983 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1985.
The 83rd-ranked Stephens is bidding to become the 14th unseeded player to advance to a major final in the Open era and only the fourth at the US Open, while ninth-seeded Venus is bidding to become the second oldest grand slam finalist in the Open era after Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.
The players should be on court shortly for their warm-ups.
None of them, least of all the unseeded and unfancied Stephens, were favored to make it this far.
Now Stephens, the world No83, is one victory away from her maiden grand slam final.
With a win over at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she would become only the fourth unseeded player to reach the US Open final since the majors allowed professionals to compete with amateurs in 1968.
Few could have imagined it at the start of August, when the Florida native was down to 957th in the world entering a tournament in Washington DC where she lost in the opening round.
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