US Open 2017: Coco Vandeweghe beats Karolina Pliskova to make semi-finals

Karolina Pliskova

Two days after having to fight off a match point to advance, the Czech ran her unseeded opponent off the court as fans were still just filing into the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. "I really wanted to get the chance that I got after that match point". Kanepi is only the second player after being qualified of the modern era to be part of the last eight players competing in the worldwide of the United States, after the American Barbara Gerken in 1981. Halep lost in the first round to Maria Sharapova, whilst Svitolina fell in the fourth round against Madison Keys. Kanepi, who's missed nearly two years of play with plantar fasciitis, is playing her first Grand Slam since the 2015 US Open. Definitely she can play better than she was playing today.

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. "Even this match today was not without chances, so maybe I put too much expectation on myself", she said. She won 25 points to just seven for Brady in the second set. "I didn't feel the best", she said in a post-match news conference. "I did expect it overnight when I was 16, but it is a process and now here I am and I couldn't wish for anything better".

"It's pretty fantastic where I am now", Kanepi said, "compared to where I was few months ago". "I just don't care about this", she said.

Pliskova had come into the match with a tournament-leading 31 aces, but the Czech would add only two more as she struggled to establish control.

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Nadal is trying for his first U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance since winning the Grand Slam tournament in 2013.

Four Americans have dominated the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since, with Evert, Navratilova, Kathy Rinaldi and Zina Garrison all reaching the last four of Wimbledon in 1985.

Nadal also hit form at the US Open to stroll into the quarters for the first time in four years.

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.

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Nadal got to the round of eight in NY for the first time since his 2013 title, overwhelming 64th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

Vandeweghe, 26, was eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows a year ago and has never before gotten this far here.

No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat Lucie Safarova 6-4, 7-6 (2) earlier Monday, while Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens advanced Sunday. The two players had taken part in the final of this event in 2009.

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