PETRA KVITOVA has established herself as a contender for what would be the most remarkable of titles after defeating Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round of the US Open late on Sunday. Williams won in three sets. "I was happy to have a little more luck today, actually".
By the time she began to practise on clay in Monaco at the start of May, Dr Kebrle gave the go-ahead for her to return to competition at the French Open later that month.
What a career! And what longevity!
Williams has enjoyed a superb 2017, reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and the 37-year-old now becomes the oldest semi-finalist at a major tournament since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994. And all these years later Venus continues to be a victor and a leader. She has in fact played in two this year, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. There has not been a Grand Slam victor from the United States since 2003 when Andy Roddick took home the title in Queens. I think maybe it's a bad sign sometimes, that I should be more appreciating than I am probably. She has met that health challenge head-on and has learned to deal with it while continuing her intense playing schedule, training, business, and travel schedules.
The Czech then roared back-literally at times, as her passion found its outlet in screams of determination. Williams often talks about being a player who does not focus on the past or dwell on wins and losses.
Kvitova - whose 35 winners were cancelled out by 45 unforced errors - admitted that she might never be a Grand Slam champion again, but was optimistic about being able to play at the highest level possible.
The biggest match on the bill on Day 9 of the 2017 US Open is the match between two of the most decorated champions in the world of tennis as No.9 seed Venus Williams meets the No.13 seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter-final.
And while we're on the subject of overcoming challenges, two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova is no slouch, either.
Stephens' wonderful comeback from injury has now taken her into the semi finals of her home Grand Slam.
In just her eighth tournament since she was attacked in a horrific home invasion suffering stab wounds to her racquet hand, Kvitova played with emotional fire, particularly on break points. Williams has spent over 20 years on the tour, during which time she has suffered numerous injuries, the tragic death of her sister Yetunde and in 2011, a diagnosis of the autoimmune disease, Sjögren's Syndrome, that sapped her of her strength.
Trying to gather some momentum she came in NY without having big goals but she is only one match away from reaching the last four stages for the very first time.
- American Sloane Stephens edged past 16th seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 3-6 7-6 (4) to book her place in the semi-finals. "It means a lot". Day-to-day activities sound like a challenge faced with this obstacle. Winning doesn't come easy.
"I worked hard to come back and be here".
And the women we're seeing emerge in the later rounds of the US Open all have special stories to tell.