The favorite Karolina Pliskova qualified for the quarter-finals of the global of the United States, with easily of the American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0 in just 47 minutes on Monday.
"The opponent was not the best today. I felt like I was going to play well before the first point started", he said.
With her uncle Kiki Vandeweghe - the former NBA All-Star, coach and general manager - having flown in from California to watch courtside at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 25-year-old Vandeweghe took another big step toward tennis stardom and established more bragging rights in a competitive family tree. I think she was just much better in that match and Garbine was not her best.
The Czech has won 22 of 24 points on her first serve, she broke the service of the " Brady six times, and it is measured now at the 20th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe.
It was Safarova who got off to the best start in the tiebreak, securing a mini-break in the opening point, though quickly lost it as Vandeweghe began to sense victory.
Estonia's Kaia Kanepi became only the second qualifier to reach the quarter-finals when the world No 418 defeated Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-4 6-4.
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Karolina Pliskova believes she is benefiting from her near miss after racing into the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Pliskova said: "Today I was much better".
"But, you know, I think she was hitting her spots and her serves well. I played without making many mistakes", Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview.
This time, she took the lead 4-0 against an opponent obviously nervous, and then she won the second round even more uneven. "My energy dropped. Once I got broken in the third, I just kept telling myself: 'Just try to figure it out".
"I'm trying to catch up to my grandfather [ex-Knick Ernie Vandeweghe] to be the best athlete in the family", said Vandeweghe, born in NY and raised in Southern California. Now comes a set of quarterfinals with fewer of the usuals than usual, and with No. 1 Rafael Nadal already booked after his 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 trouncing of Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday.
The chances were that the No1 ranking story would move one step closer to a resolution by the end of the Labor Day at the US Open.. It's pretty unbelievable where I am now compared to where I was few months ago. It may be that I have given him the opportunity to play well, said Brady. The loss eliminates Svitolina in the chase for No. 1. If she'll manage to pull out something special in NY she will make her reign even more legitimate.
Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens had continued to fly the flag all the way to the quarters in the bottom half of the draw.