Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Stephens claims miracle point in Miami semi win

Stephens claims miracle point in Miami semi win

The American will next meet the victor of the second semi-final between French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko or countrywoman Danielle Collins, who ended the hopes of Venus Williams in the last eight.

Stephens has endured a slump since triumphing at Flushing Meadows last September but has finally found her form at just the right time.

And those words kept popping into her head Thursday, when she shook off a very slow start to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Miami Open.

Stephens made short work of her opponent in the deciding set taking it 6-1.

Thursday match was the second time the US world number 12 has defeated Victoria Azarenka this month, having won in straight sets in the second round at Indian Wells. EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSERDanielle Collins of the USA celebrates her win against Venus Williams of the USA during their women's quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA, 28 March 2018.

The 186th-ranked Azarenka broke the American twice more to seal the set.

"I kept battling and I got a little momentum going in the second set".

"I honestly didn't feel good at all the whole match", said Azarenka, a three-time champion at this event whose 11-match winning streak here ended with the loss.

"I knew I was going to have to fight and she came out strong but if I could keep it close, I had a chance and would get the opportunities", said the no 12 seed.

In a men's quarterfinal, 16th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta wasted two match points on his serve in the second set before recovering - almost two hours later - and ousting No. 6 Kevin Anderson 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6) in a rematch of a U.S. Open semifinal from past year. What's going to be here?

"For me this is so incredible to have friends and family here. What's going to happen?" I think I still need to improve.

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