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Coco Vandeweghe stuns top seed and Word No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the US Open quarter-finals

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The American joins compatriots Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the last four (Zimbio.com)

The United States’ 20th seed CoCo Vandeweghe has caused the shock of the US Open quarter-finals so far. She defeated top seed and World No.1 Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 in the opening match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court on Day 10 of the US Open.

 

The 25 year-old shrugged off the loss of an early break advantage in the first to win a tiebreak. She then raced out into a 5-2 lead in the second, before closing out the win.

Karolina Pliskova had faced few major problems in advancing to the quarter-finals. The Czech came into the event seeded No.1 with the same position in the rankings for the first time at a grand slam. Last year’s finalist struggled to contain the home player, who was backed by an enthusiastic crowd throughout.

Vandeweghe earned an early break but was immediately pegged back by Pliskova. A tiebreak ensued, and an uncharacteristic performance from Pliskova saw her commit five unforced errors to give her opponent the set.

It seemed as though normal service had resumed when the World No.1 broke in the first game of the second set. However, she was broken back straight away, and Vandeweghe then took the lead herself as errors continued to frustrate Pliskova.

Pliskova did manage to get back on serve, but her troubles on serve ensured it was a brief reprieve. She was broken yet again and this time it was a lead that Vandeweghe would not relinquish. The American fought off some brief nerves when serving for the match, eventually ending it when she forced Pliskova into a forehand error.

It is the second time this year that Vandeweghe has reached the semi-finals of a grand slam event. She reached the same stage at the Australian Open. In that event she then also defeated the then World No.1 Angelique Kerber en route to the last four.

Vandeweghe could face Venus Williams, the player who beat her in Melbourne, in the final as Williams is in the opposite section of the draw. Vandeweghe would first have to face the winner of the match between 15th seed Madison Keys and the unseeded Kaia Kanepi. If Keys were to win it would ensure that all four semi-finalists would be American, following the wins for Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Vandeweghe.

 

 

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Aryna Sabalenka comes back from a set down to beat Zheng Saisai on a windy day in Doha

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Aryna Sabalenka came back from a set down and a break down in the third set to beat unseeded Chinese player Zheng Saisai 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 21 minutes on a windy day at the Qatar Total Open in Doha. Sabalenka took a re-match against Zheng, who won their first head-to-head match in San José last August.

 

Zheng saved three break points in her first service game. After a trade of breaks in the fifth and sixth games, Zheng came back from 40-0 down to break serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead after saving six game points. Zheng held serve for 5-3 before breaking serve for the third time in the ninth game, as Sabalenka made her sixth double fault.

Sabalenka broke serve in the third game at 30 to take a 2-1 lead. Zheng broke straight back after a backhand pass followed by a volley error from Sabalenka.

Sabalenka saved a break point in the sixth game with a service winner. Both players held serve in the next eight consecutive games to force the second set to the tie-break. Sabalenka raced out to a 3-0 lead with two volley winners and sealed the tie-break 7-2 with a croscourt backhand forcing the match to the third set.

Zheng earned the first break of the third set with a backhand winner down the line in the first game. Sabalenka broke back in a four-deuce sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Sabalenka reeled off 15 of the final 16 points to win the final three games with a break in the eighth game. The Belarusian player sealed the win with an ace setting up a semifinal against either Belinda Bencic or Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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Petra Kvitova edges Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to secure her spot in Doha quarter finals

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Petra Kvitova edged past Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 4-6 6-1 in two hours on a windy day in the Qatar Total Open in Doha. The Czech player advanced to the quarter finals for the fifth time in her six appearances at the Doha tournament.

 

Kvitova and Ostapenko were level at 3-3 in their six head-to-head matches. Ostapenko beat her Czech rival in their most recent clash in Miami 2018.

Ostapenko earned a break point after two double faults at the start of the opening set and converted her chance as Kvitova silced wide.

Kvitova broke back in the fourth game and held serve to take a 3-2 lead. The Czech player broke for the second time on the fifth deuce in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead after two double faults from Ostapenko. Kvitova won her fourth consecutive game from 2-2 with a break at love to win the first set 6-2.

Ostapenko saved three consecutive points from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game. A series of four consecutive games followed in the next games. Ostapenko broke in the ninth game for 5-4 earning a chance to serve for the set, but Kvitova broke straight back to draw level to 5-5. Ostapenko broke at love in the 11th game before closing out the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Kvitova raced out to a 4-0 lead, as she dropped four points. She saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game at deuce. The former Wimbledon champion sealed in her next service game to set up a second round match against either Karolina Pliskova or ons Jabeur.

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Dayana Yastremska upsets Sofia Kenin in Doha

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Dayana Yastremska edged this year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Yastremska hit 13 aces and saved four of the six break point chances she faced.

 

Yastremska saved a break point with two service winners, as she was serving at 1-1. The Ukrainian player earned a break point at love in the fourth game with a return winner to take a 3-1 lead. Yastremska consolidated the break with an ace for 4-1 and wrapped up the first set with another unreturned serve at 5-3.

Kenin got an early break to open up a 3-0 lead with a service winner. Yastremska held at 15 before breaking back with a return winner. The Ukrainian teenager hit a backhand down the line winner to draw level to 3-3. Yastremska earned another break in the seventh game and won four consecutive games. Kenin broke back, as Yastremska double faulted while she was serving for the win at 5-4. Both players held serve in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break.

Yastremska earned a mini-break to take a 4-1 lead and earned four match points at 6-2. She converted her third chance to set up a third round match against 2020 Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza.

Kenin beat Anastasija Sevastova in her first match since her triumph at the Australian Open, but she lost to Jelena Ostapenko at the Fed Cup Qualifier. The US player lost to Elena Rybakina in Dubai and to Dayana Yastremska in Doha.

“It’s really frustrating. Obviously coming off of Melbourne where I felt I was playing the best tennis of my life coming down to playing, not the worst tennis, but not playing the tennis I want to be playing. Yastremska played really well. I just feel like I can’t find my game, I am not playing the way to be playing, so it’s pretty frustrating right now. Credits to her, she played well with some good shots at those moments. She just played better at important at important moments and I just made too many unforced errors”, said Kenin.

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