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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