US Open: Keys, Vandeweghe join Williams, Stephens in semifinals

    CoCo Vandeweghe, Venus Williams, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens

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    • CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys both won Wednesday
    • They join Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the semifinals

    (CNN)The US Open women's singles draw is down to four -- and all of them are American.

    On Wednesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe upset No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, last year's US Open finalist, 7-6(4), 6-3. In the night session, No. 15 Madison Keys cruised against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-3, 6-3.
      "I was real nervous today," Keys said on court as the last American to clinch her spot. "The car ride over, I was definitely feeling it. But I got out here, I felt really good."
        Keys during Wednesday's match against Kaia Kanepi.
        Vandeweghe and Keys join No. 9 Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens, who is unseeded, in the semifinals, which start Thursday. Williams, who won a dramatic, hard-fought match Tuesday against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, will face Stephens, who overcame No.16 Anastasija Sevastova. Both Williams and Stephens advanced by winning third-set tiebreaks.
        The other semifinal will pit Keys against Vandeweghe.
          Vandeweghe celebrates defeating No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
          It's the first time that four American women have reached the semifinals at the US Open since 1981, when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter did it. The last time it happened in a major was at Wimbledon in 1985 (Evert, Zina Garrison, Navratilova and Kathy Rinaldi).
          "I think we all were rooting for each other today," Keys said after completing the American sweep.
          The last all-American final in a major was in January, when a pregnant Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus, at the Australian Open. The last time it happened at the US Open was 2002, where Serena also won against Venus.