Family affair as Vandeweghe advances to US Open quarters

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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.

World number 91 Brady was overwhelmed on a sunny Arthur Ashe as last year's finalist Pliskova finally found her form after saving a match point in her three-set win over 27th seed Zhang Shuai in the third round.

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.

She upset No. 57 Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) Saturday to punch her ticket to the showdown with Pliskova.

The 25-year-old Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova secured herself a spot in the last eight stages in NY after dismantling Jennnifer Brady in a bit under 50 minutes of play. The Czech Republic native is in the quarters for the second consecutive year.

"I really wanted to make the best of the chance I got from the last match, being down match point, so today was much better", Pliskova said after the match.

She saved the only two break points she faced, and converted on six break points on Brady's serve for a almost flawless performance. She joined fellow Americans Vandeweghe, Venus Williams, and Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals, the first time since 2002 four American women have reached this stage.

Should Pliskova reach the final in NY she will retain the world number one ranking, but a first grand slam title would be even greater reward for the 25-year-old. I think it will be an easier match to the tune of 6-2 6-4. "Definitely, that match helped me to go through tough moments and this match I was much better". "Hopefully I'll be on here for the next match as well".

"Well, obviously I think it's the speed of the shots, but otherwise, I would not really put me and her together". It's pretty wonderful where I am now compared to where I was few months ago. No U.S. Open women's quarterfinals have featured three Americans since 2004, and no men's quarterfinals had featured any Americans since 2011. "Next time I play on it, I'll know what to expect", said Brady. The loss eliminates Svitolina in the chase for No. 1.

While Muguruza won't accumulate further points as she was ousted by Petra Kvitova in yesterday's session, the young Ukrainian Svitolina is still a threat, and she may face Pliskova in the semis. Del Potro had won his only major title in his career and had put an end to a series of five titles, Federer in NY.

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