Quartet of U.S. Women
Pull into US Open Third Round
Erin Maher | August 31, 2017
American women held their own on the hard courts on Day 4 at the 2017 US Open, with Jennifer Brady, Madison Keys and CoCo vandeweghe winning in straight sets and Shelby Rogers prevailing in a marathon.
Former UCLA Bruin Brady cruised past No. 23 seed Barbora Strycova in just under an hour. The 22-year-old won an unbelievable 68 percent of the points, securing her ticket to Round 3 when her world No. 25 opponent dumped a ball into the net.
"I put in the hard work," Brady said. "Eventually it pays off."
Brady’s most recent win in Queens is one in a series of successful Slam wins this year. She made it through qualifying at the Australian Open, advancing all the way to the fourth round before falling to Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Brady will next face Romania’s Monica Niculescu.
Brady’s compatriot Rogers played in the longest women's match in recorded US Open history since the advent of the tiebreak in 1970, beating No. 25 seed Daria Gavrilova 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. The match lasted an astounding three hours and 31 minutes.
Roger’s win puts her in line to face No. 4 Elina Svitolina.
"I'm going to be ready," said Rogers, "but she's going to bring it, too. It will be another good battle."
Keys also made light work of her second round match, defeating Germany’s Tatjana Maria in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. The American aced 30-year-old Maria five
Vandeweghe had an especially exciting night, winning her first match under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Vandeweghe clocked 21 winners in the hour and a half match, defeating Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, 7-6, 6-2.
In doubles action, the sibling dream team the Bryan Brothers posted a win over a pair of Czechs. Bob and Mike Bryan went three sets with Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely, ultimately getting the win, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Also, Americans Kayla Day and Caroline Dolehide teamed up to top fellow American Abigail Spears and Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik, 6-3, 6-3.
Day 5 will be another exciting day on the grounds of the US Open. Americans Venus Williams, John Isner and Sam Querrey will be among those battling it out in the borough for another day in the fortnight.