Karolina Pliskova books quarterfinal spot

Karolina Pliskova books quarterfinal spot

Pliskova's progress to the quarter-finals enables the 25-year-old to stay in with a chance of keeping her world No 1 status with Garbine Muguruza, who was defeated by two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Sunday, and Elina Svitolina also fighting for the top ranking.

World No 1 Karolina Pliskova needed just 46 minutes to defeat American Jennifer Brady 6-1 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and punch her ticket to the quarterfinals at the US Open.

For the first time since 2002, half of the women's quarterfinalists at the U.S. Open are Americans.

It was not a given Nadal would win after having lost twice in three of their previous meetings, but he never gave the unseeded Dolgopolov a chance, breaking serve six times in the 1 hour 41 minute match.

Vandeweghe reached her third Grand Slam quarterfinal this year, part of a contingent of American women that includes Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens. "The thing I'm most impressed by is her determination to play one point at a time".

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.

Two days after he pushed a match ball to move to the next round, Pliskova has dominated its opponent as the fans continued to pour on the site of the stadium tennis Billie Jean King. So there is nothing really that I did different.

Nicole Gibbs
Nicole Gibbs

Entering their fourth round encounter, both Karolina Pliskova and Jennifer Brady (91 WTA) had a serious physical toll under their belts.

"I think it's great" to have such numbers, Coco Vandeweghe said, "in our American Grand Slam".

She wouldn't have much problem if she plays as she did in a almost flawless fourth-round performance, looking nothing like the player who almost went home a round earlier.

"I would say the first match was okay". She dropped the first set and had to fight off a match point in the second before rallying to beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6 7-5 6-4. Obviously she has a big serve.

"Night session is a flawless time for her". Definitely she can play better than she was playing today. "I think she was kind of nervous, and also, with the shadow, I think she just didn't feel well".

Keys showed incredible form against the fourth seeded Ukrainian, Svitolina, in her last round and will be a tough opponent if she can reproduce this performance.

This would not be a problem for her if she continues playing as she did during his demonstration nearly flawless in the fourth round, not looking like the player who nearly suffered elimination in the previous round.

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