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Venus last U.S. singles player left

Venus Williams, who defeats French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, hasn’t lost a set in her run at Flushing Meadows.

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Venus Williams, who defeats French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, hasn’t lost a set in her run at Flushing Meadows.

NEW YORK — Venus Williams is back in a Grand Slam semifinal. The year will end without an American man being able to make the same claim.

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Sam Querrey in five sets Tuesday to put two Swiss men in a major quarterfinal for the first time in the Open era and keep the Americans out of that round in the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

After waiting out the nearly 41/2-hour Wawrinka-Querrey match, Williams defeated 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. It's her first Grand Slam semifinal since last year's Wimbledon.

Williams, the only U.S. singles player still standing, next faces defending champion Kim Clijsters. Clijsters, seeded second, beat fifth seed and Tampa resident Samantha Stosur 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Stosur, an Australian, was the French Open runnerup.

Williams, seeded third, and Schiavone, seeded sixth, struggled to hold serve in windy Arthur Ashe Stadium. There were nine breaks in 23 games.

"I'm a strong player, and I hit hard, but I felt like I had nothing," Williams said. "It was just hard to make a choice in the wind."

Wawrinka won 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to join a countryman whose presence this deep in a major is just assumed: Roger Federer. Wawrinka, 25, had been 0-5 in the round of 16 at Grand Slams. "For me, it's my first time, so it's something important for my career," Wawrinka said.

The U.S. men, meanwhile, had at least one quarterfinalist at their home major each of the first 41 years of the Open era. That changed in 2009, and now it's happened again.

This year goes down as the worst for American men in Grand Slams in general. They had only one quarterfinalist at the four majors: Andy Roddick at the Australian Open.

"I didn't feel any extra pressure or anything," Querrey said. "You know, I was close (to winning)."

The youngest man left in the draw, Querrey, 22, is having a breakthrough season. He reached the fourth round at a second straight Grand Slam, entered the top 20 in the rankings for the first time in July and has won four titles this year. Only No. 1 Rafael Nadal has more titles.

Nadal, the Open's top seed, finished the day's play with his late fourth-round match against fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, the 23rd seed.

In another fourth-round match between two Spaniards, Fernando Verdasco rallied from two sets down to beat David Ferrer 5-7, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in 4 hours, 23 minutes.

To end one of the tournament's best matches, Verdasco hit one of the tournament's best shots: He slid to get to Ferrer's drop shot at the net, then whipped a forehand barely around the outside of the net post for the winner.

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Top results

Men: No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka def. No. 20 Sam Querrey 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Women: No. 2 Kim Clijsters def. No. 5 Samantha Stosur 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; No. 3 Venus Williams def. Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Today's quarterfinals

Men: No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 5 Robin Soderling; No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 17 Gael Monfils

Women: No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Dominika Cibulkova;

No. 7 Vera Zvonareva vs. No. 31 Kaia Kanepi

TV: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., ESPN2

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