Pliskova shows ruthless side as she breezes into quarter-finals

Clyde Nash
September 6, 2017

Karolina Pliskova will face in the quarter-finals the 20th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe.

Against an undoubtedly tricky opponent capable of playing well above her unseeded status, this was an impressive performance from Vandeweghe, who successfully backed up her win over Agnieszka Radwanska with 16 winners and six aces today. So I think sometimes I think I play good shots, good rallies, and then there is hundreds of mistakes and not a good shot.

With her uncle Kiki Vandeweghe - the former NBA All-Star, coach and general manager - having flown in from California to watch courtside at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 25-year-old Vandeweghe took another big step toward tennis stardom and established more bragging rights in a competitive family tree. The Czech Republic native is in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

It was Safarova who got off to the best start in the tiebreak, securing a mini-break in the opening point, though quickly lost it as Vandeweghe began to sense victory.

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Russia's Ilnur Zakarin came second, 36 seconds behind, with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman third and Froome coming in fifth. Monday is the second rest day for the three-week race, which heads north on Tuesday with an individual time trial.

The loss ends the run of Brady, the 22-year-old who reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the second time this year, but not without valuable experience and match success that she will take with her going forward.

If she will match last year's result at Flushing Meadows, Pliskova will keep the world No. 1 seat next Monday when the ranking will be updated.

"I'm trying to catch up to my grandfather [ex-Knick Ernie Vandeweghe] to be the best athlete in the family", said Vandeweghe, born in NY and raised in Southern California.

"I definitely felt like I hit a wall at the beginning of the second set", Keys said.

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"Well, obviously I think it's the speed of the shots, but otherwise, I would not really put me and her together. So I think it's pretty much as simple as that". "My energy dropped. Once I got broken in the third, I just kept telling myself just try to figure it out, just get as many balls in as you can".

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. It may be that I have given him the opportunity to play well, said Brady.

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the US Open quarterfinals with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 routing of Alexandr Dolgopolov. I was lucky that I had an incredible crowd and atmosphere.

Pliskova joined countrywoman Petra Kvitova in the last eight, following Kvitova's win over Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

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As the lowly Americans from the overmatched country impress even when losing decisively, someone from that exceptional Williams family, Venus, will grace her 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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