Pliskova shows ruthless side as she breezes into quarter-finals

Posted September 07, 2017

Next up for Pliskova is either 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe or fellow Czech Lucie Safarova, who play later on Monday. "Next time I play on it, I'll know what to expect", said Brady. "To come together this year, it is a process. I couldn't wish for anything better". It was no surprise that after securing her victory she ran over to celebrate with her team.

World number ones Karolina Pliskova and Rafael Nadal have won through to the quarter-finals at the US Open in NY.

"They work as hard as I do". It's Vandeweghe's first US Open quarterfinal, and second at a Slam this year after the Australian Open semifinals.

Although Vandeweghe's performances at regular WTA Tour events in 2017 have been largely underwhelming, she has frequently impressed on the biggest stages. Vandweghe has made it this far after seeing off some tough opponents, but Pliskova, with her crisp groundstrokes, imposing frame and booming serves, represents a major step-up in class.

With the roof again closed over Arthur Ashe Stadium because of rain, the noisy support of the crowd drove Vandeweghe forward, in the same way that the fans had helped to inspire Williams and Stephens to their respective victories over Petra Kvitova and Anastasija Sevastova.

Pliskova also played the first match on Ashe on Saturday. Leading 6-5, he managed to get within a point of winning at 15-40 on del Potro's serve, but a pair of aces at 127 miles per hour and 121 miles per hour erased those two chances.

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Vandeweghe capitalised on a poor service game from Pliskova with a fizzing forehand return to break for 2-1, but her early calm ended abruptly in game eight.

The 20th seed saved a break point in three separate games before going to clinch the opening set with a break of her own in the 10th. After the match, Vandeweghe talked about what winning this match meant to her.

"There's no doubt that there's a special sound when the roof is closed", Vandeweghe said.

Plsikova will take on another American, Coco Vandeweghe, a 6-4, 7-6 victor Monday over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

Asked about the similarities in their games, the Czech said: "Obviously I think it's the speed of the shots, but otherwise, I would not really put me and her together". We have to admire Serena, Venus, Lindsay [Davenport] and Jennifer [Capriati]. "Let's make it four for four". 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.