Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates her victory over Garbine Mugurusa of Spain during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 3, 2017. AFP / DON EMMERT
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Overcoming obstacles comes with the territory at the U.S. Open but several women have battled through serious injury to become Grand Slam contenders on the New York hard courts.Stephens injured her left foot last year and underwent surgery in January, spending 11 months recovering before returning at Wimbledon, where she lost her first match.She reached the semifinals in U.S. Open tuneups at Toronto and Cincinnati and has won 12 of her past 14 matches.Stephens has a Tuesday quarterfinal against Latvian 16th seed Sevastova and she could match her deepest slam run to the 2013 Australian Open semifinals.Kanepi, a 418th-ranked qualifier in her first tour-level main draw of the year, has seldom played in the past two seasons due to plantar fasciitis in both feet and was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, a precursor to mononucleosis.She could become the lowest-ranked player to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since the system began in 1975, although four women who had no ranking have got that far, most recently Kim Clijsters in 2009 .
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