Pliskova leaves behind No.1 tennis ranking

Pliskova leaves behind No.1 tennis ranking

Next up for the 20th-seeded Vandeweghe is a showdown with either fellow American Madison Keys or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

Vandeweghe, the world No 22, is through to her second Grand Slam semi-final of the year following her excellent run at the Australian Open, but this is the first time the 25-year-old has made the last four here.

"When I won this event as junior at 16 I always dreamed of being on the main stage". "So to actually come together this year, it is a process". 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. She will next face world number one Karolina Pliskova in an intriguing quarterfinal clash. They have split their two matches on hard court.

The other matchup on that half of the men's bracket will be No. 1 Rafael Nadal against 19-year-old Andrey Rublev, the youngest quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since Andy Roddick was 19 in 2001. Soon, she had to serve for the match and the pressure was ramped up.

Spurred by the near sellout crowd under a closed roof Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Vandeweghe clinched a spot in the semifinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. However, Vandeweghe holds a 2-1 edge in head-to-head matches with Pliskova.

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Pliskova looked frustrated and struggled to find her rhythm throughout the match, serving just two aces while committing three double faults and 21 unforced errors.

But the 20th seed hit through her again to break and reach just her second major semi-final. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 69 percent of her first serve points and 66 percent of her second serve points.

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

Vandeweghe will face off with Pliskova in the next round.

Vandeweghe had said beforehand that it would be a match of "first-strike" tennis between two of the best servers and biggest hitters in the game, and the American proved the more clinical. We have to admire Serena and Venus, Lindsay (Davenport), Jennifer (Capriati). "Maybe I'm going to feel better in the next Grand Slams". "Let's make it four for four". The Czech might not have been entirely convincing in the first week, especially during three-set duels with Nicole Gibbs and then Shuai Zhang, and she's yet to win a grand slam despite sitting at the top of the rankings, but that was one mighty show of intent on Monday, when she allowed the USA's Jennifer Brady only one game during 46 brutally one-sided minutes.

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