Family affair as Vandeweghe advances to US Open quarters

CoCo Vandeweghe Into The Quarters After Concentrating On Fitness This Year
Vandeweghe continues American success at US Open
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06 September, 2017

Next up for Pliskova is either 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe or fellow Czech Lucie Safarova, who play later on Monday.

The women's world No 1, who lost to Angelique Kerber in the final a year ago in NY, had faced a match point in the third round against Zhang Shuai but had no such difficulty against the American in a 46-minute 6-1 6-0 victory.

"The opponent was not the best today". Maybe I gave her the opportunity to play well, " Brady said.

"It's definitely the first-strike kind of tennis, I think is the easiest way to simplify it", said Vandeweghe of facing the No. 1 player. It's Vandeweghe's first US Open quarterfinal, and second at a Slam this year after the Australian Open semifinals. "The thing I'm most impressed by is her determination to play one point at a time".

Pliskova, who saved a match point in a tough win over Shuai Zhang, only lost two points on first serve the whole match today. She must reach the final to stay number one.

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.

For the first time since 2002, half of the women's quarterfinalists at the U.S. Open are Americans. "So I think it's pretty much as simple as that".

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

This time, she took the lead 4-0 against an opponent obviously nervous, and then she won the second round even more uneven.

Nadal turned in his most powerful performance yet at this year's NY tournament to beat Dolgopolov on Monday (NZT Tuesday), and is now just one win away from a potential semifinal showdown with longtime rival Roger Federer.

"We both have the plan to play aggressive, but I think she's a little bit, not messy sometimes, but she's just going for her shots. I have a day off tomorrow again, so I will just prepare for it".

Criticised for being the world No. 1 without winning at least a Grand Slam tournament, Karolina Pliskova might want to consolidate her last 12-months-consistency by adding the cherry on top- a US Open title.

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

"I didn't expect this", said Kanepi who is ranked No. 418. I was lucky that I had an incredible crowd and atmosphere.

Compatriot Petra Kvitova may have something to say about that, though, after she dumped Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza out in round four - a win that impressed Pliskova. If she'll manage to pull out something special in NY she will make her reign even more legitimate.

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