US Open 2017: Venus Williams praises Serena for American dominance after Kvitova win

Venus came through an exhausting three sets against Petra Kvitova this evening to set up a semi-final clash against fellow American Sloane Stephens.

And there is a potential for four Americans to take up the whole of the semi-final draw with Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe playing their respective quarter-final matches tomorrow.

This will be Venus’ first semi-final at Flushing Meadows since 2010, but this year she has been in incredible form at the Grand Slams.

She has now reached three major semi-finals of the four – something she hasn’t done for 15 years and received a standing ovation from the Arthur Ashe crowd.

Keys, Vandeweghe and Stephens have all set new personal bests by reaching this stage of the US Open.

But while Venus is the current veteran of the quartet of Americans, she was quick to point out her sister Serena deserves some praise for her role in helping the young compatriots.

“I think we have to give some credit to Serena,” Venus said.

“There was a time in tennis when all my rivals were American.

“So I love seeing these young American’s coming up and playing big and focussed and I would love that again.

“The top four, top five in the world all playing each other in semi-finals – that would be huge. I would love that.”