World number one Karolina Pliskova (pictured left) entered Monday's fourth-round showdown with American Jennifer Brady having lost the first set in each of her previous two matches at the U.S. Open. Now comes a set of quarterfinals with fewer of the usuals than usual, and with No. 1 Rafael Nadal already booked after his 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 trouncing of Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday. "Definitely, that match helped me to go through tough moments and this match I was much better". I just wanted to take advantage of that. Kanepi, who's missed nearly two years of play with plantar fasciitis, is playing her first Grand Slam since the 2015 US Open. So there is nothing really that I did different.
Poor Brady, an American through to the last 16 here for the first time, found Arthur Ashe Stadium an unforgiving place.
Jakub: If I was to predict this match before they played their 4th rounds, I actually might have favored CoCo for the win, but Pliskova's demolishment of Jennifer Brady was very impressive.
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 felt like even when I was warming up, the ball was coming off clean".
"Hopefully I'm going to enjoy the tennis like I was doing today". 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.
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Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, the No 24 seed, faced sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It only took 25 minutes for Pliskova to take the opening set as errors made an unwelcome early appearance in Brady's game. "When you start playing tennis as a kid", she said, "you dream of trophies at the end of the week". "I think she was kind of nervous, and also, with the shadow, I think she just didn't feel well".
Fifteenth-seeded Madison Keys completed the quartet by upsetting fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-4 late Monday night at NY.
Keys and Vandeweghe are trying to join fellow Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens into the women's quarters.
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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