Petra falls to Venus in US Open epic

Venus Williams reached the US Open semi-final with a win over Petra in a final-set tie-break. The 37-year-old American won 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) in front of a rapturous night-session crowd in New York.

The American earned a 0-40 advantage on Kvitova’s serve while down 2-1 in the deciding set after getting broken in the previous game. But the Czech won five straight points to maintain her lead, and Williams looked like she might have missed her juiciest chance to get back in it.

But in the set’s sixth game, Williams won four points in succession to get back on serve, Kvitova striking a double fault to give back her advantage.

After both player’s held to force the tiebreak, the 37-year-old won six of the first seven points in the tiebreak to gain a lead that she would not give up, advancing to the US Open semifinals for the first time since 2010.