The Latest: Serena tweets congratulations to Keys, Stephens

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The Latest: Serena tweets congratulations to Keys, Stephens
The Latest: Serena tweets congratulations to Keys, Stephens

NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year (all times local):

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6:40 p.m.

Serena Williams might be on a leave of absence from the tennis tour, but she is definitely paying attention to the U.S. Open.

The 23-time major champion gave a Twitter shoutout Friday to Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, who will play in the first all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since Williams beat her older sister Venus 15 years ago.

In the first of three posts, Williams wrote : “There are NO words to describe how proud and how happy I am for @Madison_Keys … and @SloaneStephens for making the US open finals.”

Williams continued : “These amazing women continue to change the game and bring excellence, power, finesse and change to tennis.”

And she closed by writing : “What a joy it will be to watch this- hopefully first of many finals. Let’s go ladies!” followed by three heart emojis.

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6:30 p.m.

Kevin Anderson has taken control of his U.S. Open semifinal against Pablo Carreno Busta, winning the last two sets.

The No. 28 seed leads 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and is a set away from being the lowest-ranked finalist (No. 32) at the U.S. Open since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

The hard-hitting South African has pounded 20 aces, including one at 132 mph to end the set, to just one for Carreno Busta.

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6:05 p.m.

Martina Hingis will play in the finals of both women’s doubles and mixed doubles at the U.S. Open.

Hingis won two semifinals on Friday.

First she teamed with Yung-Jan Chan to beat Shuai Peng and Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-4 in women’s doubles. They’ll play Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova for that title.

Then Hingis and Jamie Murray defeated women’s singles semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and men’s doubles champion Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6 (8) in mixed doubles. Murray is the older brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray.

Hingis and Murray will face Michael Venus and Chan Hao-Ching in the mixed final.

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5:45 p.m.

Kevin Anderson has evened the U.S. Open men’s semifinals, becoming the first player to take a set off Pablo Carreno Busta in the tournament.

Anderson won the second set 7-5 after Carreno Busta grabbed the opening set 6-4.

The No. 12-seeded Carreno Busta had won his first 16 sets in the tournament before the 28th-seeded Anderson started finding the range on his power shots late in the second set, capitalizing when Carreno Busta double-faulted to give him set point trailing 5-6. Anderson broke on the next point.

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5 p.m.

Pablo Carreno Busta has taken the first set 6-4 against Kevin Anderson in the first U.S. Open men’s semifinal.

The 12th-seeded Spaniard broke Anderson’s serve for a 4-3 lead and never faced any danger in improving to 16-0 in sets so far in Flushing Meadows. He is trying to become the first player to win the U.S. Open without dropping a set since Neale Fraser in 1960.

The No. 28 seed Anderson had been broken only three times in his first 90 service games in the tournament. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set.

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4:25 p.m.

Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa have started play in the first U.S. Open men’s semifinal.

It’s the furthest either man has ever gone in a Grand Slam tournament. The No. 12-seeded Carreno Busta got to the final four easily, not dropping a set against five opponents ranked outside the top 30.

The U.S. Open hasn’t had a champion who didn’t drop a set since Neale Fraser in 1960.

Anderson, the No. 28 seed, has won both meetings.

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1:50 p.m.

The 12th-seeded team of Horia Tecau of Romania and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands won their first U.S. Open men’s doubles championship.

Tecau and Rojer defeated the 11th-seeded Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

This is the second Grand Slam title for Tecau and Rojer, who won Wimbledon in 2015.

Tecau and Rojer eliminated top-seeded Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the semifinals.

The two Lopezes, who are not related, won the 2016 French Open.

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1 p.m.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in one U.S. Open men’s semifinal. Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson will play in the other.

The matches Friday offer quite a contrast in experience and name recognition.

Neither Carreno Busta nor Anderson has played in a semifinal at any Grand Slam tournament.

The other semifinal features a pair of past champions at Flushing Meadows. Nadal won the tournament in 2010 and 2013 for two of his 15 Grand Slam titles. Del Potro was the U.S. Open champion in 2009, when he beat Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final.

This time, he takes on those two greats of the game in reverse order: del Potro beat Federer in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

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Madison Keys, of the United States, reacts after defeating CoCo Vandeweghe, of the United States, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, returns a shot from Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Peng Shuai, of China, returns a shot to Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, right, and Chan Yung-Jan, of Taiwan, during the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. Peng was playing with partner Sania Mirza, of India. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, reacts after scoring a point against Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, returns a shot from Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, hits a forehand to Sam Querrey, of the United States, during a quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, early Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after winning his match against Andrey Rublev, of Russia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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