No. 1 Pliskova, two more Americans make US Open quarters

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Pliskova needed to dig deep against Nicole Gibbs in the second round and had to save a match point against Zhang Shuai last time out, but she was rarely troubled by Brady, cruising to a 6-1 6-0 triumph on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"The opponent was not the best today".

The 25-year-old Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova secured herself a spot in the last eight stages in NY after dismantling Jennnifer Brady in a bit under 50 minutes of play. The Czech Republic native is in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. Just get as many balls in as you can.' I was lucky that I had an incredible crowd and atmosphere.

The top-ranked player took full advantage against her nervous opponent to control the exchanges from the back of the court and dominated behind her serve to win 22 of 24 points on her first serve.

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.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-4 6-1 with a powerful display to reach the US Open quarterfinals in just one hour 41 minutes this morning.

Nadal turned in his most powerful performance yet at this year's NY tournament to beat Dolgopolov on Monday (NZT Tuesday), and is now just one win away from a potential semifinal showdown with longtime rival Roger Federer.

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"I definitely felt like I hit a wall at the beginning of the second set", Keys said.

"We both have the plan to play aggressive, but I think she's a little bit, not messy sometimes, but she's just going for her shots".

Yesh: Pliskova has struggled at times, but when she is on so few players can beat her. Vandeweghe can match her for power, but Pliskova is much more consistent at the end of the day.

Yesh: Kanepi has had the most under-the-radar dream run at a Slam that I can remember. "My energy dropped. Once I got broken in the third, I just kept telling myself just try to figure it out, just get as many balls in as you can". Keys and Vandeweghe are joined in the quarters by Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens. It's pretty fantastic where I am now compared to where I was few months ago.

Brady, who also went to the fourth round in the Australian Open, held serve only once against the sharp, hard-hitting Pliskova.

"I didn't expect this", said Kanepi who is ranked No. 418.

With Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza knocked out on Sunday night by Petra Kvitova, this now appears a golden chance for Pliskova to win her maiden grand slam title. Even if she misses five metres out, she doesn't care, so it's different.

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