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Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens – US Open Semifinal – Preview, Odds, Live Streaming Info

Venus Williams will take on Sloane Stephens in a match that few could see it as the 2017 semifinal. There are several reasons for that. First, Venus is 37 years old and she faced much younger opponents in her way to this semifinal, but somehow, she made it. Second, Sloane Stephens is back on the WTA tour for only two months, she did not play the first half of the season and now she’s just a match away from her biggest career performance since the Australian Open semifinal in 2013.

There’s a 13 year age gap between the two, but, as Federer and Nadal showed, age is just a number in today’s tennis. Sloane leads the direct meetings with 1-0, which is almost insignificant in statistics terms. It will all come down to which player will hit the ball more precisely and make fewer errors. Of course, it looks like Venus has the first chance, but Sloane will be a difficult opponent.

Live Streaming Info
Live Streaming for Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens – this is the only link I found that has no ads.

Odds
As I said, Venus has the first chance with 1.60 odds to win the match (a pretty good 60% return), while Sloane is at 2.35 (that is 135% return, more than double). Of course, the odds will change when the match starts.

Venus Williams road to the semifinal:
R1: def. V. Kuzmova
R2: def. O. Dodin
R3: def. M. Sakkari
R4: def. C. Suárez Navarro
QF: def. P. Kvitova (#13)

Sloane Stephens road to the semifinal:
R1: def. R. Vinci
R2: def. D. Cibulkova (#11)
R3: def. A. Barty
R4: def. J. Goerges (#30)
QF: def. A. Sevastova (#16)

US Open 2017: 8 players in the race for #1 spot

In total there are 8 female competitors with a shot at claiming the title from the current #1, Karolina Pliskova. Other players who will be competing to dethrone her are the world no.2 Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina with the most titles from the tour, former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, British No.1 Johanna Konta, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the only two-time finalist of the year, Venus Williams.
Pliskovas lead as the world number one is by no means substantial. She holds a mere five points over Simona Halep. This season, Pliskova will try to retain as much as 1300 points she gained last year as a finalist.
The battle for the number 1 doubles ranking will also be decided in a couple of weeks. If the new number 1 Lucie Safarova and partner Barbora Strycova make their way into the final, they have a good chance of claiming the title.
Their main major opponents for the title will be Martina Hingis and partner
Chan Yung-jan, and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesina.
The ways things currently stand, team Makarova/Vesina must get into the final to have any chance at claiming the top spot; provided that Safarova does not reach the QF. If she does however, they would have to win the final, not that there was any less incentive for that in the first place.
Meanwhile, Hingis and Partner, Yung-jan are facing longer odds. Not only must they win the title, they would also require a loss before the round of 16 for Safarova.
The live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv.