Sept 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of day 11 at the U.S. Open championships on Thursday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To be honest, I’m definitely here to win my matches, not for consolations. That definitely sums it up.” - Venus Williams on whether it was a consolation that the three other American semi-finalists had cited her as an inspiration.
FACT OF THE DAY: Two American women will play for the title at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2002, when Venus Williams lost 6-4 6-3 to her younger sister Serena.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Three out of the of the four grand slams in 2017 will be won by women aged 24 or younger. Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is 23, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is 20 while U.S. Open semi-finalists Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys are 24 and 22. Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open, is 35.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Sloane Stephens had her foot in a cast during the Australian Open after surgery. In the year’s final grand slam, she was flying on court and chasing after every ball that compatriot Venus Williams hit in her direction. Her energy was boundless as she overcame a mid-match blip to win 6-1 0-6 7-5 and enter her first major final. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)