Karolina Pliskova qualified easily for the quarter-finals

Karolina Pliskova qualified easily for the quarter-finals”

"We both have the plan to play aggressive, but I think she's a little bit - not messy sometimes, but she's just going for her shots".

She saved the only two break points she faced, and converted on six break points on Brady's serve for a almost flawless performance.

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.

Two days after he pushed a match ball to move to the next round, Pliskova has dominated its opponent as the fans continued to pour on the site of the stadium tennis Billie Jean King.

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

Nadal turned in his most powerful performance yet at this year's NY tournament to beat Dolgopolov on Monday (NZT Tuesday), and is now just one win away from a potential semifinal showdown with longtime rival Roger Federer.

Karolina Pliskova maintained her hopes of claiming a maiden Grand Slam title with an emphatic dismissal of Jennifer Brady. I didn't even practice yesterday.

She will likely face a tougher test in the quarters against either Coco Vandeweghe or Lucie Safarova, but Pliskova's confidence should be sky high after such an impressive display.

Pliskova felt that she played one of her best matches of the year. Vandeweghe will come out firing and with the crowd's support, she stands a chance to dethrone last year's finalist. "I'm really proud of myself for digging deep and figuring that out".

This time, she took the lead 4-0 against an opponent obviously nervous, and then she won the second round even more uneven. "When you start playing tennis as a kid", she said, "you dream of trophies at the end of the week". When she dropped her serve early in the second set, she immediately broke back against the southpaw Safarova, and reeled off six straight points to capture the tiebreaker. But, you know, I think she served well. It may be that I have given him the opportunity to play well, said Brady. But she was, sadly for Brady, at her blistering best in the warm sun of Arthur Ashe.

On the side of the pane, junior, Canadian and fifth-seeded Carson Branstine won his match for the first round 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the face of the Polish Maja Chwalinska, while his compatriot Layne Sleeth, was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 by the Colombian Emiliana Arango.

The last time Nadal reached this stage in NY, he went on to win his second title, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. Keys and Vandeweghe are joined in the quarters by Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens.

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