Pliskova Powers Into US Open QFs, CoCo, Keys Advance; Venus-Kvitova Tuesday

06 September, 2017, 12:25 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Brady, a Harrisburg native, pushed through to the quarterfinals, but the world's No. 1 player, Karolina Pliskova, stopped her there - winning 6-1, 6-0 Monday.

Against an undoubtedly tricky opponent capable of playing well above her unseeded status, this was an impressive performance from Vandeweghe, who successfully backed up her win over Agnieszka Radwanska with 16 winners and six aces today.

"I played well", Pliskova said.

Safarova certainly had her chances in this match, and potentially could have won both sets, though the Czech will be rueing several missed opportunities as Vandeweghe was able to battle her way through to a third Grand Slam quarterfinal this year, after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and the last eight at Wimbledon. At this point in their careers, I think that Keys is overall better and has more weapons.

It was Safarova who got off to the best start in the tiebreak, securing a mini-break in the opening point, though quickly lost it as Vandeweghe began to sense victory.

The last time Nadal reached this stage in NY, he went on to win his second title, beating Novak Djokovic in the final.

Pending Monday night and Madison Keys's match with No. 4 Elina Svitolina, at least three American women and one American man are still being allowed to continue playing based on having breached a 2010s American tradition and failing to lose so far.

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The African champion was humbled on Friday, with Cameroon losing 4-0 in Nigeria to see its World Cup hopes slipping away. Panama in Orlando on October 6 and at T&T four days later - the Americans would claim third place.

Pliskova said: "Today I was much better". "If there's some all-American matchups in the rest of the tournament, I think that says really good things about women's tennis". I played her last time in Stuttgart, I think, so it was clay, a little bit different story. "I think I should give myself some credit too".

This time, she took the lead 4-0 against an opponent obviously nervous, and then she won the second round even more uneven. I was lucky that I had an awesome crowd and atmosphere.

Keys next will face the surprise of the tournament, 32-year-old Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation. "I'm really happy that none of us are playing each other in the quarterfinals", Keys said.

Nadal also hit form at the US Open to stroll into the quarters for the first time in four years. The loss eliminates Svitolina in the chase for No. 1.

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens had continued to fly the flag all the way to the quarters in the bottom half of the draw.

CoCo Vandeweghe always has believed she could win a Grand Slam singles title, but injuries often derailed her. If she'll manage to pull out something special in NY she will make her reign even more legitimate.

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