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A rampaging Madison Keys completed an American sweep of the US Open women’s Authentic Travis Konecny Womens Jersey quarter-finals, dismissing Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to guarantee an American champion at the year’s final grand slam.Keys’ victory ensured Americans grabbed all of the semi-finals berths at Flushing Meadows for the first time since Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter filled the final four spots in 1981.Venus outlasts Kvitova in Ashe thriller, setting up all-American semi-final tilt Stephens advanced on Tuesday with a gritty victory over 16th seeded Anastasija Sevastova which was followed by 37-year-old Venus Williams outlasting 13th seed Petra Kvitova.
CoCo Vandeweghe then shocked world No1 Karolina Pliskova earlier on Wednesday, before Keys produced a ruthless thumping of Kanepi to reach her first grand slam semi-final since the 2015 Australian Open.
It has been a sensational run by the 22-year-old 15th seed, who missed the opening two months of the season recovering from left-wrist surgery and the US Open is just her 10th event this year.
Keys needed just 69 minutes to see off a weary opponent who appeared to be simply out of gas after playing eight matches, including three in qualifying to get into the main draw.
With the crowd buzzing under the closed roof inside Arthur Ashe, Keys showed some early jitters but they disappeared with an early break on the way to taking the first set.A break to open the second and another to end the contest brought a smile and a squeal of delight from Keys as she threw her hands into the air in triumph.
Keys will now face Vandeweghe for a spot in Saturday’s final while Williams will meet Stephens.“We’re going to have four American women playing tomorrow, and that’s pretty awesome,” Keys told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, drawing a roar of approval.
Stephens, who is seeking her debut in a major final, said: “American tennis is headed in the right direction.”A series decider against West Indies it may be, along with a chance for England’s less than secure batsmen to seal an Ashes berth, but on the eve of the Lord’s Test, Joe Root found himself fielding questions about fungus.The home of cricket is hosting a Test in September for the first time and in keeping with lawns all over the country, autumnal weather has brought the appearance of “fairy rings” on the turf, including one patch on the pitch, a metre in diameter and just short of a length.Spores from fungus are the cause Authentic Joffrey Lupul Womens Jersey and, though Marylebone Cricket Club are unconcerned about it adversely affecting how the surface will play, Root said: “I have no idea whether it will make any difference. Whether it is just a visual blemish, or whether it will have an impact, we’ll have to wait and see.”Asked if it could at least prove a visual distraction for the batsmen in the middle, he politely replied: “It depends whether you are looking at the ball.”
More pressing on Root’s mind is completing his second series win as the England captain this summer. He claimed this winter’s Ashes tour remains far from his thoughts but the chosen XI have nevertheless presented Toby Roland-Jones with a golden chance to force his way in for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on 23 November.Chris Woakes, the seamer to miss out, lacked pace in the defeat at Headingley following his two-month layoff with a side strain. A shortage of overs was the general diagnosis and although he bowled 33 in the second Test and a further eight on T20 Finals Day, Root has still opted for local knowledge of Roland-Jones on his home ground.The Middlesex player has claimed 14 wickets in his first three Tests this summer and on the subject of who is now first choice, Root replied: “The way [Woakes] has played for England over the last year or so and such a focal point of our team it is hard to look past that and when someone like Toby comes in and does as well as he has, it is a great problem to have.”Either way, both quicks are Australia-bound but which batsmen make the touring party is less certain. Tom Westley, the Essex No3, feels in need of a significant score to press his claims after one half-century in seven innings, while Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman are similarly striving to nail down their spots.Root’s advice?


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