Ranked Pliskova races into US Open quarter-finals

Pressure gets to Pliskova as she struggles to US Open victory

It would be the first time this has happened at the U.S. Open since 1981, when Tracy Austin captured the title.

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.

Pliskova's next opponent will be 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe, who reached her third grand slam quarter-final of the season with a 6-4 7-6 (7/2) victory over Lucie Safarova.

Keys and Vandeweghe are trying to join fellow Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens into the women's quarters.

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.

This will mark the fifth meeting between Pliskova and Vandeweghe, with each taking two wins to date. Davenport now coaches Keys.

Pliskova raced to a 4-0 lead in the fourth-round match and closed the set in just 26 minutes after Brady double-faulted on set point. I did expect it overnight when I was 16 but now here I am and I couldn't wish for anything better. "It was a really rough start to my year. I'm really proud of myself for digging deep and figuring that out". "That's what he came back for, to get crowd support the way he got it". I was lucky that I had an wonderful crowd and atmosphere. "I know all the opponents are [ranked] behind me, so I should win every match, which is tough". The victor will face Vandeweghe in the semifinals. I played her last time in Stuttgart, I think, so it was clay, a little bit different story. Now, however, all eyes will be on Madison Keys as she tries to guarantee an American US Open champion - with two rounds left to play. "I think I should give myself some credit too".

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Kerber then took the same court where she beat Pliskova for the title previous year and took another stinging defeat. Latvia's 13th seed will next meet Romanian Sorana Cirstea, a 6-1 6-3 victor over Dutch qualifier Lesley Kerkove.

The Estonian Kaia Kanepi has also obtained his pass to the quarterfinals by beating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4. Kanepi, ranked No. 418 in the world, became the lowest-ranked quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since computer rankings began in 1970.

Brady struggled mightily with her service game, where she was only able to connect on 39% of her first serves compared to Pliskova's 67%.

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. "I didn't feel the best", she said in a post-match news conference.

CoCo Vandeweghe reacts after defeating Karolina Pliskova of and advancing to the US Open semifinals.

She said: "My first good match, actually".

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