Stephens celebrates after defeating Venus Williams during their 2017 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Semifinal.
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Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory.Stephens summoned some of her best strokes when she needed them the most, steeling herself when so close to defeat and taking the last three games of a back-and-forth thriller, edging seven-time major champion Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 Thursday night."It was kind of one of those days where I came out and I was kind of in a zone," Keys said of her play Thursday, "and I just kind of forced myself to stay there".She had 25 winners to only nine unforced errors, never faced a break point and needed barely more than an hour to win.At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era.Williams was ahead 5-4 with Stephens serving at 30-all. Since then, Stephens has won 14 of 16 matches.It was Williams who faltered. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.Stephens won in straight sets.
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