Keys will next face CoCo Vandeweghe who had earlier in the day made it three from three for the U.S. in the quarter-finals, joining compatriots Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the last four after they had delivered their pair on Tuesday. "I'm really happy that none of us are playing each other in the quarterfinals", Keys said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The vehicle ride over, I was definitely feeling it".
"I was really nervous all day", Keys said afterwards. Now, Keys and Vandeweghe will be competing alongside Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens as the Americans continue their march through the U.S. Open. She fell behind 4-2 before winning four straight games to claim victory in the match.
It's the first time that four American women have reached the semifinals at the US Open since 1981, when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter did it. Stephens, Keys and Vandeweghe will be trying to reach their first career Grand Slam final.
"She said it best, we have to admire Serena".
Pliskova's reign came with long-time world number one Serena Williams absent while pregnant. You know, now that we're older, we can put that into words, but we all wanted to be there. Vandeweghe grew up in a family with many accomplished athletes: her grandfather Ernie and uncle Kiki played in the National Basketball Association, and her mother was an Olympic swimmer.
The four women in this year's quarters range in age from 22 to 37. She is clearly a player undergoing a renaissance under the helm of new coach Pat Cash and she has gone 14-3 at the majors this year, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open as well as the quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
Czech Pliskova predicted a tough contest against the Australian Open semifinalist.
In the night match, Keys never seemed to be in trouble against Kanepi, a 32-year-old from Estonia who is ranked 418th.
Williams is vying for her third Grand Slam final of 2017. It also guaranteed that Garbine Muguruza will replace Pliskova as the world's No. 1 women's player on Monday.
Keys missed the first two months of 2017 after offseason surgery on her left wrist, then had a follow-up procedure in June because of lingering pain in that arm.
And, she's riding high after an emotional win over a very in-form Petra Kvitova. Believe. Dreams come true. Pliskova, 25, of the Czech Republic, had held the No. 1 spot since July 17. "I did expect it overnight when I was 16, but it is a process and now here I am and I couldn't wish for anything better". "Obviously when I couldn't play, I literally couldn't even go on the court, stand and hit a ball. So it's great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue". "So I didn't change anything".