The U.S. Open Tennis Championships go down this weekend. It brings together tennis’s best players for weeks of play. It began in late August and goes until mid-September, finishing up this weekend. The women’s finals are on Saturday September 9th, and the men’s finals are on Sunday September 10th. The highlights of the tournament are plenty, as the drama leading up the finals brought out the fight in U.S. Open Tennis’s biggest stars.
Men’s Championship Match Up: No Federer
The men’s division might have the biggest story in an area of the tournament separate from the finals. Roger Federer had just won Wimbledon a few weeks prior. However, he was knocked out of the semifinal round, not even the finals, by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. This happened in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. That same day, Rafael Nadal unsurprisingly headed to the semifinals after defeating Andrey Rublev from Russia.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson will play Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta in the semifinals on Friday evening. Nadal will fight against del Potro in the semifinals on Friday evening.
Women’s Championship Match Up: No Venus Williams
Yesterday, Venus Williams took on Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe played Madison Keys in a uniquely All-American semifinals lineup. Williams, talented twin sister of tennis superstar Serena Williams, just won Wimbledon. While Serena is focusing on her new baby, Venus is out slaying the tennis courts throughout Summer 2017. She is a whopping 37 years old. For those reading this, I don’t mean to say that almost-forty is old. No, no… it’s old for a professional tennis player who consistently still powerhouses the division. Stephens dealt with injuries throughout her career after early success, so she remained the underdog against Williams. Stephens shocked everybody when she overtook Williams to advance to the finals.
Vandeweghe is a beast. There’s no other way to put it. Her aggressive play and intense serves are notorious in the game of tennis. Meanwhile, Keys is a younger player, only twenty two years old. This was her first time in the semifinals, so she was the underdog of this match up. However, Keys is also the shining beacon for the younger star in the women’s division, so her time in the semifinals proved herself for her future matches. Keys also surprised fans when she beat Vandeweghe to land herself a spot in the finals.
Stephens will face Keys in the finals. The irony of this matchup is both stars are young and on-the-rise. Therefore, their age works with them, but their lack of experience can work against them. It is Keys’ first major final.
Chances are that Stephens might sweep this out from under Keys. However, Keys displayed a brutal run against Vandeweghe that might be a taste of her level of talent. Let’s not rule of Stephens’ massive 2017, though. Stephens jumped more than 900 world rankings positions in the past month. Stephens’ injury recovery has been remarkable and proves to fellow athletes that sometimes the comeback is even better than pre-injury play.