U.S. Open Report: Venus Moves To The Semis

By Richard Kent
Updated: September 6, 2007

US Open NEW YORK — Venus Williams is in the U.S. Open semifinals. She fought hard and was down early. She lost the first set 6-4, stormed back to win the second 6-1, and won in a third set tiebreaker 7-6 over Jelena Jankovic.

Venus won the Wimbledon title earlier this year and is on a roll. The match was played before a full house at Arthur Ashe Stadium Court and the vast majority of fans were rooting for Venus.

Jakovic, the number three seed, has had a great summer. Perhaps she has played too much tennis this season. Williams has not reached the semis at the Open since 2001.She’ll play top-seeded Justine Henin, whom she holds a 7-1 lead against.

Jakovic plays very defensive tennis and kept Venus off of her game.Williams made many unforced errors but was able to raise her game in the third set. With the win, Venus has moved into the top ten.

Jankovic had many opportunities against Venus in the third set, but she always seemed to answer with a great serve. Venus would have played her sister Serena if she had beaten Henin.

Venus has a good chance to avenge that loss on Friday. She’s in great shape and could very easily win it all. It is up to her.