Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

US Open: Coco Vandeweghe reaches third Grand Slam quarterfinal of 2017

US Open: Coco Vandeweghe reaches third Grand Slam quarterfinal of 2017

We already have confirmation that the women's draw will feature one all-American semi-final - Venus Williams versus the resurgent Sloane Stephens - and today we discover whether it's going to be a clean sweep in the last four. I played her last time in Stuttgart, I think, so it was clay, a little bit different story. The two players had taken part in the final of this event in 2009.

"I think it's great to have three, maybe hopefully four tonight, Americans in our American Grand Slam", Vandeweghe said before Keys took the court. As a result, Garbine Muguruza of Spain will claim the top spot in the sport next week when the new rankings are released.

The defeat for Pliskova, who was a runner-up in NY past year, means that Garbine Muguruza will become the new WTA world No 1 after the conclusion of the tournament - the Czech needed to reach the final at Flushing Meadows to retain her position at the top of the standings. She was up against fellow big server Vandeweghe, who herself was looking to book her place in the semi finals of a grand slam for the first time in her career.

Pliskova was the runner-up to Angelique Kerber at Flushing Meadows a year ago and needs to get back to the final in order to remain atop the WTA rankings.

Vandeweghe, willed on by her home crowd, broke in the fourth game of the second set, but Pliskova fought back to break back the very next game.

Vandeweghe, coached by former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, enjoyed the faster start claiming the first break of the match in the third game but Pliskova recovered the break deficit to level the opener at 4-4 after a game which included back-to-back double faults from the American.

CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States shouts during her match with Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday Sept. 6 2017 in New York

This time, she raced to a 4-0 lead against an obviously nervous opponent, then won the second set in even more lopsided fashion.

Vandeweghe won an astounding 81 percent of points when she got her first serve in, and since she put 64 percent of her first balls in, at an average speed of 105 miles per hour, she was extremely effective on serve. She went on dominating Brady with her aggressive style of play. She won 25 points compared to just seven for Brady in the second round.

As of now, there is a chance of an all American final.

Pliskova's reign came with long-time world number one Serena Williams absent while pregnant.

But the day's biggest victor might be the new number one, Muguruza.

"I think overall now I can say I was not playing my best tennis this tournament", she said at a news conference.

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