Highlights of US Open ninth day

Williams didn't overwhelm Kvitova with her serve but instead relied on a timely performance in the tiebreak in what was an evenly matched contest.

Stephens has won 13 of her past 15 matches and matched her 2013 Australian Open semi-final run for best Slam effort.

"It came down to the wire and I'm hoping we have more matches like that".

Kvitova, whose first event this year was the French Open, has a new appreciation for her chances at Grand Slam glory.

Nine double faults, one of which handed back a break when she led 3-1 in the decider, rubbed shoulders with saving eight of 11 break points in an impressive display of defense.

"I don't have words to describe", she said. I think I have a better perspective and just looking at the game totally different. "I try to tell myself enjoy the competition, enjoy the battle and I think I was able to do that".

"I came here without any expectations", Kvitova said. "But not just now". Of course, Garbine was one of the favourites to win the title and be number one.

Asia has been fruitful ground for Kvitova in the past and she's hoping it will be again. No matter: the power game and steely determination of the Czech saw her producing her best tennis since her return.

Madison Keys is hitting her stride in NY, and after she notched a dramatic three-set victory over No.4-seeded Elina Svitolina on Monday night in round of 16 action, it feels like he might be a player of destiny. "You don't imagine that you're going to wake up one day and that's going to happen, so it's wonderful to see her back".

The following weeks and months would test her passion for the sport, and the psychological effect of the attack lingers.

And once Williams got the bit between her teeth, she became an irresistible force.

"It's been a great two weeks for American tennis, seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", Williams said. "Her motivation was huge". Her absence from the tour was felt by everyone involved in tennis and it is fantastic to witness her return to some signs of the same level of tennis that she has always been capable of on a hard-court.

Sevastova admitted nerves got to her in the tie-breaker, saying, "It's normal". She's a champion. It's what we all know.

With the No.1 ranking on the line Karolina Pliskova will look to continue her good fortunes at the place where here Grand Slam success officially began. "It was pretty close but pretty far, as well".

"It wasn't enough, right? Of course, as a loser, it's more tiring than as a victor". She had an open court for her forehand, but she missed it in the net. "I knew if I just stick with it and stayed in every point I'd have my opportunity and I did".

  • Salvatore Jensen