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Women's round-up: Madison Keys edges past Elina Svitolina, CoCo Vandeweghe into first US quarters

Women's round-up: Keys dumps out fourth seed Svitolina, Vandeweghe into first US quarters

05/09/2017 at 03:21Updated 05/09/2017 at 04:56

Madison Keys' dream run at her home Grand Slam continued after she beat fourth seed Elina Svitlona 7-6(2) 1-6 6-4 in the US Open fourth round.

The 22-year-old ended Svitolina’s dreams of becoming the world number one after fighting from 4-2 down to clinch the decider.

Two breaks apiece ensured the opening set went to a tie-break, and it was the American who took it 7-2 after Svitolina dropped serve three times.

The Ukrainian responded strongly however, breaking Keys twice to race through the second set in just 25 minutes.

Svitolina stole ahead in the deciding set, only to see Keys reel off four games in a row to set up a quarter-final clash against Kaia Kanepi.

World number 418 Kanepi advanced to the last eight after beating Daria Kasatkina 6-4 6-4 on Louis Armstrong.

An erratic match saw five breaks of serve in both sets, but it was Kanepi who held her serve to reach the quarters in New York for a second time.

The one-time world number 15 has struggled with injuries in recent years, and is playing in her first Grand Slam proper since 2015.

The Estonian made the US Open quarters back in 2010, but she is yet to feature in a Grand Slam semi-final.

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Elsewhere, American CoCo Vandewedge reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time after beating Lucie Safarova 6-4 7-6(2).

The 20th seed saved a break point in three separate games before going to clinch the opening set with a break of her own in the 10th.

And after sharing a break apiece midway through the second set, it was the world number 22 who held her nerve to blitz the tie-break 7-6.

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Vandeweghe’s best performance at a Grand Slam came when she reached the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, and she must overcome world number one Karolina Pliskova to reach the last four here in New York.

Pliskova, chasing her maiden Grand Slam title, produced her best performance of the tournament with a 6-1 6-0 thumping of home hope Jennifer Brady in only 46 minutes.

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Pliskova crushes Brady to race into last eight

Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 4 matches on Monday

  • 15-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 4-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 7-6(2) 1-6 6-4
  • Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Daria Kasatkina (Russia) 6-4 6-4
  • 20-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-6(2)
  • 1-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Jennifer Brady (U.S.) 6-1 6-0