Sloane Stephens defeated seven-time major winner Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5, in the first of the two women’s semifinals. Guaranteeing a first-time champion and ensuring that four different players will hold the four major titles for the 12th time in the Open Era.

At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era.She was trying to reach her third major final of this season, something she last did 15 years ago.Williams’ first title match in New York came in her US Open debut in 1997. Stephens was four at the time.

“I’m honestly just honoured to be able to play at the same time as her, one of the greatest ever to play our game,” Stephens, who joined spectators in clapping for Williams when she walked off the court, said.