September 6, 2017 / 7:03 AM / 17 days ago

Tennis-U.S. Open round-up from day nine

Sept 5 (Reuters) - Round-up of day nine at the U.S. Open championships on Tuesday:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In tiebreakers you have to play smart but you have to be aggressive. You can’t just sit back and hope. I didn’t want to hope, I wanted to be doing something about my future.” - Venus Williams after beating Petra Kvitova on a third-set tie break in their quarter-final.

FACT OF THE DAY: Kevin Anderson beat 17th seed Sam Querrey 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 6-3 7-6(7) to become the first South African to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam since Wayne Ferreira, who made the Australian Open last four in 2003.

STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Venus Williams had lost her last four matches against left-handed players in grand slams before her 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) victory over Petra Kvitova.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: American Sloane Stephens came back from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) to progress to her first U.S. Open semi-final. It was her first grand slam semi-final since the 2013 Australian Open.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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