Jennifer Brady leads rookies to US Open quarter-finals

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NEW YORK – Jennifer Brady put her hands together, threw her head back, closed her eyes and soaked up the greatest moment of her tennis career.”Wow,” she said, describing the moment. “Just wow. ”

The 25-year-old led a contingent of players – including two Americans – in their first US Open quarter-finals on Sunday, beating former champion Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4 with dominant serve and a stroke law.

Shelby Rogers joined her later with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (6) victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. This is Rogers’ second Grand Slam quarter-final and the first at Flushing Meadows.

“It’s so special,” Rogers said.

She now plays two-time major champion Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open two years ago and advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating No.14 seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4 Sunday night. Rogers have beaten Osaka all three times they have played.

A missing fork of six of the top eight women in the rankings due to injuries and coronavirus concerns gave walkers a chance to seize the moment. No one has done better than Brady, who has yet to give up a set and has lost just 19 games in four games.

For Kerber, it was the brutal end of a resurgent week. The three-time major champion, including during the 2016 US Open champion, couldn’t make any progress against the American, whose biggest challenge was to lead 3-2 in the second set.

Brady took medical time out and returned to the court with his upper left leg wrapped.

“My leg was bothering me and I wasn’t serving well,” said Brady, who is Florida-based and ranked No. 41. “I was happy to finish.

Brady had never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal. His impressive week – as good as anyone’s – was a breaking moment.

“She hits the ball really fast,” Kerber said. “She’s playing well. She has confidence. Let’s see how far it can get here, but it sure can go far.

Brady will play Yulia Putintseva, who threw her racquet to the ground after losing the second set of her match – a blast that turned a turning point.

The 35th-ranked player recovered for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over No.8 seeded Petra Martic and her first place in the US Open quarterfinal.

“Before the third set, I was like, ‘Whatever happens, you make it difficult for her, you are not going to make mistakes, you are going to move her as much as possible on the court,” said Putintseva told me.

Serena Williams is playing her fourth round match on Monday against Maria Sakkari, who beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion less than two weeks ago at the Western and Southern Open.

TRY NO. 57

Alize Cornet of France has reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time, giving her another shot at that elusive first place in a Grand Slam quarter-final. This is his 57th chance to finally get this far.

The 56th-ranked player has played the last 54 Grand Slam tournaments, the longest active streak and tied for fourth in the Open era. Japan’s Ai Sugiyama has played in 62 consecutive majors.

“I’m pretty proud of this record, let’s say, because it just means that my career has been very consistent since I was 17,” said Cornet, 30. “It’s not easy to never be injured, never to win a Slam. , not to fall in the ranking. I’ve been between (#) 10 and 90 for my entire career, so that’s pretty good consistency I would say.

She will face Tsvetana Pironkova in her fourth round match on Monday.

“I’m not a player who gives up,” said Cornet, adding: “I’m proud of this resilience. ”

STREAK ENDS AT 13

With Novak Djokovic, first favorite, by default, a streak will be interrupted.

The last 13 men’s Grand Slam titles have been won by Djokovic (five), Rafael Nadal (five) or Roger Federer (three). Nadal, the 2019 champion in New York, has chosen not to play at the US Open, citing concerns about international travel during the pandemic, and Federer is recovering from two surgeries on his right knee.

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