Vandeweghe, Keys Complete All-American Semifinals at US Open
by Staff | September 6th, 2017, 9:27 pm
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A U.S. women’s winner became guaranteed at the US Open on Wednesday when CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys completed an all-American semifinals at the US Open.


Keys was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over unseeded Kaia Kanepi, while Vandeweghe beat world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova 7-6(4), 6-3.

It will be the first all-American women’s semifinals since 1981.

Keys saved all three break points she faced, and had a workwoman-like 23 winners to 21 unforced errors.

“I was really nervous all day,” Keys said afterwards.

The No. 20-seeded Vandeweghe ended Pliskova’s attempt to hold on to the No. 1 ranking, and now Garbine Muguruza will take the No. 1 throne.

“I think it’s a lot of validated work,” Vandeweghe said of her win over the world No. 1. “Really happy with how I was able to close out the match in the fashion that I did and in front of the crowd today.”

Earlier this year she beat another world No. 1, Angie Kerber, at the Australian Open.

“I think there were moments where I was really tough in the big points, and I think my best asset today was making her continually play on her service games,” she said. “Whether it was not a great return that just got over the net, I know as a big server it’s really annoying when your serve keeps coming back.”

Vandeweghe spoke of facing Keys, who she lost to twice this summer.

“Madison is a player that can take control of the points and of the rallies — I think if I allow her to do that, then she’s going to be on the winning side of the coin,” said Vandeweghe. “So I think it’s definitely going to depend on me and making sure she’s not capable of doing that.”

Tomorrow at the US Open will feature the two all-American women’s semifinals, (9) Venus Williams vs. Sloane Stephens, and (20) CoCo Vandeweghe vs. (15) Madison Keys.


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4 Comments for Vandeweghe, Keys Complete All-American Semifinals at US Open

Margot Says:

Wow! Three of my favourite players and an other in the semis!
Goooooo Maddy!


Willow Says:

Cant stand Coco, she seems a bit too cocky, and SS seems a bit bratty, hope its Venus against Maddie, with Maddie winning the title, but would be happy for Venus though ….


BBB Says:

Willow, SS seems much less bratty to me these days. In the U.S. we got to see her as part of the Tennis Channel team, and she’s very likable. I’m hoping the layoff has matured her and that she’ll leave the brattiness behind for good. We shall see. I like Keys but she’s young. I’m rooting for Venus!


t4t Says:

Hope Venus puts SS in her place. SS may have been chastened by the discovery that beating Serena at AO did not automatically make her the GOAT. Serena has since won multiple slams whereas SS has won zilch.
I feel the other women players in the US do not realize how far they are outside the Williams sisters’ league. I remember Melanie Oudin ( anyone remember the once great American hope) once threw a tantrum because the sisters were given Davis Cup berths despite not having played in earlier matches. She actually thought the sisters were being given undeserved importance!


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