13 September, 2017
Madison Keys put up a pitch-perfect performance in the semifinals of the US Open as she defeated good friend and compatriot Coco Vandeweghe for the third time in as many meetings, with "three" being a lucky number for Keys as she totally blew Vandeweghe off the court today, losing just three games in the match which lasted for just a little over an hour.
American 20th seed Vandeweghe claimed a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over the Czech Republic's Pliskova, whose brief eight-week stay as world number one ends with Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza taking over.
"The game being taken away from you really makes you realize how much you love it", Keys said.
"To have this really feels good and makes me really proud of myself", Keys said. She was the junior champion in NY in 2008, but never had success in the main draw until now: Of her previous eight appearances, half ended in the first round, half in the second.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful 2017 season, lifting her second Grand Slam trophy at The Championships, Wimbledon and capturing her fifth-career title at the Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati.
Sloane Stephens beat Venus Williams in the first semifinal.
The reigning French Open champion and 15-time major victor added that he might not watch all of the Federer-Del Potro match as it clashes with his dinner time.
Del Potro, who saved two match points to defeat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a fourth-round thriller on Monday, has been plagued by injury ever since his moment in the NY spotlight eight years ago.
Vandeweghe advanced to her second major semifinal this year, having also reached the final four in the Australian Open in January. Vandeweghe hit 24 winners compared to just 15 from Pliskova.
U.S. Open wheelchair tennis was played on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday for the first time.
CoCo Vandeweghe has become the third American into the U.S. Open women's semifinals, beating top-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-3. Muguruza now holds a 19-3 win-loss record dating back to Wimbledon in July.
Pliskova had a set point at 5-4 but Vandeweghe produced a fine backhand to save it and she was the more consistent player in the tiebreak.
Keys has found her form on the USA hard courts, claiming the title in Stanford and reaching the third round in Cincinnati where on both occasions she beat Vandeweghe, her opponent in Thursday's semi-finals.
Despite her lack of match play this year, Stephens began confidently and broke for 3-1 when Williams netted a routine forehand and then went on to win the last three games of the set as the 37-year-old strangely appeared to struggle with serve.
Wednesday's victory was Vandeweghe's second over a World No.1 in her career.
Madison Keys easily took the first set 6-1 in her semifinal match against No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe. "I'm really excited and you know, proud of all of us for getting this far and having it going to be United States of America all the way". Keys faces 418th-ranked qualifier Kaia Kanepi.
The two sets lasted just 31 and 39 minutes, respectively.
"Now I can say I was not playing my best tennis this tournament", she said. Williams, the eldest is unusually poorly served and committed 51 unforced error that cost her a place in the final.
Saturday will be the first all-American US Open women's final since Serena Williams beat Venus in 2002.