Pristine Pliskova routs Brady to book quarterfinal place

CoCo Vandeweghe Into The Quarters After Concentrating On Fitness This Year

Who are these people with flat accents and first-language mastery of English, and why are there so many of them?

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. Some of these admirable lingerers have even beaten Europeans.

Pliskova, who must reach the final at Flushing Meadows to stay number one, will next meet American 20th seed CoCo Vandeweghe after she defeated 37th-ranked Czech Lucie Safarova 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

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With full-on confidence, a No. 22 ranking and "a little bit more variety", as she put it, she heads full-on into a bout with No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova.

To get to the quarterfinals, Pliskova won 92 percent of her first serves and recorded 23 winners against Brady. And while Pliskova's win on Monday around noon was emphatic, it still managed to call to mind further American stirring.

The 25-year-old also spoke of her delight of her performance, while declaring her opponent's nerves stopped her from playing her very best. If she fails to do so, Garbine Muguruza will rise to No 1 for the first time. Groggy patrons didn't even have time to settle in. "I'm really happy that none of us are playing each other in the quarterfinals", Keys said. "It's a bit overwhelming, going out there for the first time, playing on Ashe, playing the number-one player in the world". "If there's some all-American matchups in the rest of the tournament, I think that says really good things about women's tennis". "But, you know, if you would have told me in the beginning of the year that I would make the fourth round of two Grand Slams, I probably would not have believed you". There are top-10 players who fared less well.

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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. If she'll manage to pull out something special in NY she will make her reign even more legitimate.

Keys and Vandeweghe are trying to join fellow Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens into the women's quarters. "Tennis just kind of followed suit". There were 19 European nationalities plus China, Australia, Israel and the Williams States.

Keys overcame a 4-2 deficit in the third to win the last four games of the match to reach her first US Open quarterfinal. But there's also 29-year-old Californian Sam Querrey, off his semifinal showing at Wimbledon, and now up against South African Kevin Anderson, two months after Querrey won their five-set Wimbledon bang-a-thon.

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