US Open 2017 - Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens Preview

The first of two all-American women’s singles semi-finals at the US Open tonight sees two-time champion Venus Williams take on Sloane Stephens, with a 13-year age gap between the two players.

Venus, who has won seven Grand Slam titles, has already reached the final of two Slams in 2017, while Stephens’ injury issues have caused her to miss three of the previous four Grand Slam events.

However, Stephens’ stats since her return to tour are solid enough, and the duo cannot be split on service points won on hard courts in 2017, although Venus enjoys a 46% to 43% edge on return. In-play stats for Stephens are too small a sample to judge this year, given her lack of matches.