Vandeweghe dethrones No.1 Pliskova in US Open QF

Pliskova was made to work hard but eventually pulled through

Pliskova was made to work hard but eventually pulled through

On the side of the pane, junior, Canadian and fifth-seeded Carson Branstine won his match for the first round 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the face of the Polish Maja Chwalinska, while his compatriot Layne Sleeth, was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 by the Colombian Emiliana Arango. American veteran Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens have already set up an all-American semifinal in the bottom half in the previous day.

Vandeweghe had said beforehand that it would be a match of "first-strike" tennis between two of the best servers and biggest hitters in the game, and the American proved the more clinical.

She was eliminated in the fourth round of the U.S. Open by Kvitova. Davenport now coaches Keys.

Pliskova, chasing her maiden Grand Slam title, produced her best performance of the tournament with a 6-1 6-0 thumping of home hope Jennifer Brady in only 46 minutes. Undeterred, Vandeweghe re-established her lead by break for a second time.

Keys, who rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third set, is in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time, while Svitolina's chance of obtaining the No. 1 world ranking following this tournament disappeared. It may be that I have given him the opportunity to play well, said Brady. "It was a really rough start to my year". And I'm first seeded, so it's, like, totally different story.

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Keys bounced back after getting routed in the second set.

"I was there for a few weeks. I know all the opponents are [ranked] behind me, so I should win every match, which is tough". Vandeweghe, a NY native who moved to California with her mother as a child, is the third American woman to earn a semifinal berth here. "I couldn't wish for anything better".

The one-time world number 15 has struggled with injuries in recent years, and is playing in her first Grand Slam proper since 2015. "I think I should give myself some credit too".

World number 418 Kanepi advanced to the last eight after beating Daria Kasatkina 6-4 6-4 on Louis Armstrong.

Rafael Nadal is a set away from the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

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Both players then held serve despite the American facing pressure from the top seed Pliskova only for the 20th seed to clinch the first set in a tie-break with some strong serving under pressure.

By the time the pair shook hands, Pliskova had thumped 23 winners, won 92% of points on her first serve and made just nine unforced errors.

Pliskova felt that she played one of her best matches of the year.

Two double faults in succession prompted an angry racquet smash from the American and moments later Pliskova swung a forehand victor into the corner to break back.

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