CoCo Vandeweghe 3rd American women into US Open semifinals

Karolina Pliskova

"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". The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the champion in 2009 at Flushing Meadows, has, meanwhile, saved two match points and erased a late two innings to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4. It was no surprise that after securing her victory she ran over to celebrate with her team.

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. "The team work as hard as I do".

An erratic match saw five breaks of serve in both sets, but it was Kanepi who held her serve to reach the quarters in NY for a second time. Soon, she had to serve for the match and the pressure was ramped up. Pliskova won 68 percent of her return points in the victory and has combined for 56 winners in her last two matches.

"He was gone for so long that it's just really nice to see him back playing these kind of matches", Federer said. Leading 6-5, he managed to get within a point of winning at 15-40 on del Potro's serve, but a pair of aces at 127 miles per hour and 121 miles per hour erased those two chances.

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.

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But the 20th seed hit through her again to break and reach just her second major semi-final.

"There's no doubt that there's a special sound when the roof is closed", Vandeweghe said.

The No. 24 seed del Potro faces sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I played without making many mistakes", Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview. Furthermore, while 2002 had "the usual suspects" Venus and Serena Williams with Lindsay Davenport, 2017 is featuring comeback stories such as Stephens, Vandeweghe and Keys, all of whom are young players that have battled injuries in their young careers. "I couldn't wish for anything better". "Let's make it four for four".

The defeat for Pliskova, who was a runner-up in NY a year ago, means that Garbine Muguruza will become the new WTA world No 1 after the conclusion of the tournament - the Czech needed to reach the final at Flushing Meadows to retain her position at the top of the standings. Venus Williams will move into second place if she wins the title.

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