The 2017 women’s US Open finalists were determined last night and wild card entry Sloane Stephens will face 15th seed Madison Keys and, whoever wins, we will witness a first time winner of the tournament. The match between Stephens and Williams was a rollercoaster affair with Stephens taking the first set comfortably before falling apart in the second to lose it 6-0. Many would have thought that Williams would have all the momentum to win through but Stephens gritted her teeth and took a hotly-contested third set by 7-5. The other semi-final was much less competitive with Keys wiping the floor with Vandeweghe in straight sets.
The final is between Stephens and Keys looks an open affair and should be a much more enjoyable and entertaining one for the fans as both players will most likely be equally as nervous, which should ensure a pretty close battle that could go the distance.
The men’s semi-finals take place tonight and tomorrow morning and, apart from Nadal, it’s safe to say that the remaining contenders, 12th seed Carreno-Busta (advised 20/1), 24th seed Del Potro and 28th seed Anderson, weren’t on many people’s radars pre-tournament. However, this does not mean they are not worthy contenders as Del Potro won here in 2009 and has always been a challenger at the big tournaments when he was fit, Anderson has been knocking on the door of winning a big tournament over the last few seasons and Carreno-Busta definitely looks capable of winning a Slam judging by his form both this fortnight and over the last 12 months.
If results follow past statistics then we will have an all-Spanish final between top-seed Nadal and 12th seed Carreno-Busta, as there has been no player seeded higher than 14 in the final over the last decade. However, the odds suggest it will be Nadal and Anderson in the final and hopefully the layers will be wrong at least for the Anderson and Carreno-Busta match having advised the Spanish youngster mid-tournament, while Nadal won’t have it easy against Del Potro given the head-to-head is 8-5 to Nadal and on hard courts its 5-4 to Del Potro, who has won the last two clashes in 2016 and 2013.