US Open, Day 10: Match Points

US Open, Day 10: Match Points

Keys conquered Vandeweghe, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to earn her first title of the season in Stanford then knocked her Olympic team teammate out of Cincinnati in their next tournament. Keys finished fourth at last summer's Olympic Games, the highest finish among the American women.

CoCo Vandeweghe had been lamenting her inability to get past the second round of her home Grand Slam, going back to her first U.S. Open in 2008, when she lost in the first round as a 16-year-old but subsequently won the girls championship. "I can't tell you how many times I have sat in this chair and had to hear, you know, how awful tennis is in America".

The 20th-seeded Vandeweghe matched her best result in a Grand Slam tournament, having also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January before falling to Venus Williams. "That's also great. I think we are headed in the right direction". "We're all cheering for each other".

"I think everyone has their favorite, and everyone has their least favorite player".

Each is in a separate quarter of the draw, so none will meet in the quarterfinals — meaning that there could be four American semifinalists, too. Keys, Williams and Stephens also set a milestone of their own this year, becoming the first trio of black women to advance to the quarterfinals at the US Open.

So many top names were missing at the start - notably, Serena Williams on the women's side.

Venus Williams is vying for her third Grand Slam appearance this year.

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Vandeweghe, from Rancho Santa Fe, upset the world's No. 1-ranked player, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in a quarterfinal match Wednesday in NY. Pliskova's loss means she will be replaced at No. 1 in the rankings by Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

Muguruza, a 23-year-old from Spain, is the 24th woman to be at No. 1 since the WTA's computerized rankings began in 1975.

Keys set the tone in the opening game: ace at 108 miles per hour, ace at 105 miles per hour, service victor at 117 miles per hour, service victor at 112 miles per hour. She fell behind 5-0 in the second and 4-2 in the third before running away with the victory.

These two have played twice and Keys has won both meetings.

The Vandeweghe-Pliskova duel was often rocky, full of big power and unexpected errors. A 2016 win for Keys that closed at 1:48 a.m. "So this feels really good". I ran over there to thank them for all their hard work, but I have to keep up with my mixed.

This one was over a little before midnight. "Just happy this tournament is over now".

Keys, 22, has been in the top 10 and is every bit the talent Vandeweghe is. "I just didn't give them the chance to really do that", she said. "This is a little insane". The more you get used to it, the better I think you get at channeling what you want the crowd to do for you, whether it's to pump you up, to calm you down.