Karolina Pliskova crushes Jennifer Brady to race into last eight

Pliskova admitted she has been struggling with the pressure of having the number one next to her name but she got off to a good start here and played freely. Kanepi is only the second player after being qualified of the modern era to be part of the last eight players competing in the global of the United States, after the American Barbara Gerken in 1981.

Brandon: Kanepi defeated rising youngster Daria Kasatkina in the fourth round to set up a quarter-final clash with hometown favourite, Madison Keys.

"I think it's definitely the first strike kind of tennis, I think is the easiest way to simplify it", Vandeweghe said of facing Pliskova.

The straight-set victory was a welcome reprieve for Pliskova after being pushed to three sets in her previous two matches and fighting off a match point in one of those - a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over No. 27 Zhang Shuai. Obviously she has a big serve. The win over Brady gives her a 46/ 12 in win/ loss ratio.

"I felt like she was playing pretty well today".

Nadal turned in his most powerful performance yet at this year's NY tournament to beat Dolgopolov on Monday (NZT Tuesday), and is now just one win away from a potential semifinal showdown with longtime rival Roger Federer.

"I didn't expect this", said Kanepi who is ranked No. 418.

"We both have the plan to play aggressive, but I think she's a little bit, not messy sometimes, but she's just going for her shots". She added, "It means the world to me to make the quarterfinals".

For its part, Vandeweghe reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for a third time this season.

It was a different matter in the morning NY sunshine on Monday as qualifier Brady was left utterly demoralised by the class, movement and shot selection of the Czech player, who must reach the final to hang on to her position as the game's top seed. It's Vandeweghe's first US Open quarterfinal, and second at a Slam this year after the Australian Open semifinals. Keys had the opportunity to inflate this number to four in winning his duel against Svitolina, later Monday. The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the champion in 2009 at Flushing Meadows, has, meanwhile, saved two match points and erased a late two innings to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4.

These two women happened to be in the same half of the draw, so it could even come down to a face-off between the two in the semi-finals.

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.

  • Rosalie Stanley