U.S. Women Enjoying
Historic US Open Run
Arthur Kapetanakis | September 2, 2017
It was a busy Day 6 for the Stars and Stripes, with four American women taking the court in the top half of the singles draw. By the time play ended long after midnight, three were still standing to join Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the round of 16.
The five American women in the round of 16 are the most of any nation and the most into the fourth round at a Grand Slam event since the 2003 French Open.
CoCo Vandeweghe led the way early on, surviving a two-hour, 56-minute battle with No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Vandeweghe came into the match with a 1-5 career record against Radwanska but was able to flip the script by staying in more rallies against her notriously steady opponent.
"Today was, first and foremost, about the amount of patience," said Vandeweghe of her game plan.
The No. ADVERTISEMENT 20 seed expertly navigated the many peaks and troughs of the match before scoring the decisive break at 3-3 in the final set. From there, two strong service games put the 25-year-old into her first US Open round of 16.
Madison Keys, meantime, fought back from a set down in the last match of the day to outlast No. 17 seed Elena Vesnina, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, in a match that wrapped up at 1:45 a.m. The only women's match in US Open history to finish later was Keys' battle with Alison Riske in 2016, which ended at 1:48.
During the day, Jennifer Brady (pictured) continued her surprise run in this, her maiden US Open, beating Romania's Monica Niculescu, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, on Court 17. The former UCLA All-American belted 46 winners to power through a tension-filled third stanza and survive after two hours and 26 minutes.
Brady's victory sets up a fourth-round matchup against world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who fought off a match point before advancing past Zhang Shuai earlier in the day. With nothing to lose, Brady will come out swinging.
"It's always an honor to play the players at the top," said Brady. "I'm just going to go out there and have some fun."
Rounding out the women's singles action, Shelby Rogers ran out of steam in a 6-4, 7-5 contest against No. 4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. After coming through a three-hour, 31-minute marathon in Round 3 – the longest women's singles match in recorded US Open history – Rogers did well to hang tough and make Svitolina earn the victory.
In doubles action, Bob and Mike Bryan dismissed Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid, 6-1, 6-1, in the Grandstand in a tidy 50 minutes. The No. 5 seeds were never troubled, breaking serve five times in the rout.
Christopher Eubanks and Christian Harrison faced a sterner challenge by comparison on Court 7 but also advanced to round three with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Mischa Zverev of Germany.
Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka fought back from a set down to level their second-round tussle, 2-6, 7-6, before rain halted play against the French duo of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.
Day 7 at the Open will feature three Americans looking to punch their quarterfinal tickets. Venus Williams will take on Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the day session, while Sam Querrey will close out the night against No. 23 Mischa Zverev. Sloane Stephens will headline Louis Armstrong Stadium as she faces No. 30 Julia Goerges.