Set Points, US Open Day 6: Pliskova breaks new ground, Radwanska-Konjuh set up Wimby rematch

Set PointsSimona Halep battled to a three set victory over Timea Babos in the first match on Ashe. The stats weren’t pretty but Halep’s post-match interview may have explained her increasingly passive performance.

It was a brave effort from Babos who was competing in her first ever Slam third round match. She has made big strides this year in singles…

 

Halep plays Carla Suárez Navarro in the fourth round, who had a birthday victory over Elena Vesnina, 6-4 6-3. The crowd sang her Happy Birthday at the end :-).

Respect from Elena.

Ana Konjuh is into her first Slam fourth rounder after beating Varvara Lepchenko in three sets, 6-3 3-6 6-2. She’ll get another shot at Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round having missed match points in their second round match at Wimbledon. Her challenge was effectively ended after she tripped on a ball and hurt her ankle :-(.

Radwanska had a comfortable third round win over Caroline Garcia, 6-2 6-3. Garcia had come-from-behind wins in the first two rounds but never challenged in this match in what was a disappointing display. Aga was on it with the passing shots and advances to the fourth round where she’ll be bidding to reach her first ever US Open quarter-final.

Serena Williams continued her serene progress through the draw with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Johanna Larsson. In the fourth round she will play Yaroslava Shvedova who has made her second consecutive Slam fourth round. Shvedova has dropped even fewer games than Serena through three rounds of this year’s US Open.

The final fourth rounder from the top half is probably the most intriguing as Venus Williams will play Karolina Pliskova. Finnnnnallly, Pliskova has broken new ground and reached the second week of a Slam. She enjoyed a fourth consecutive straight sets victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2 6-4. Venus dropped just three games in the night session, beating Laura Siegemund, 6-1 6-2.

A few things missed from the first week that had me in hysterics… Poots is legendary.

And Gavrilova’s response was magnificent haha!

THIS. IS. AWESOME.

And finally, i’m beginning to go through all my photos from the US Open – I barely scratched the surface with the ones I posted here on the blog and Twitter. Check out my Facebook page at the links below for full photo albums.

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7 thoughts on “Set Points, US Open Day 6: Pliskova breaks new ground, Radwanska-Konjuh set up Wimby rematch

  1. Well I was right, I thought it was weird that Radwanska/Konjuh was in the night session; even stranger the second match up (thought for sure it would be Pliskova/Williams). It’s New York and humid this time of year… the humidity usually grows as the day progresses. So we saw a bit of rain in the first match (Murray/Dimitrov). Then the roof is closed – and commentators say it get heavy when the roof is closed. Advantage Konjuh… (stable conditions/heavy conditions) that all being said, she served incredibly well; and Aga didn’t play bad either, but threw in her usual games were she breaks herself in both sets. Radwanska can’t catch a break in the Big Apple.

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  2. You know Ana was always going to want to get back at Aga after her Wimbledon narrow miss. Aga would have had to run an extremely tight ship to make sure she had all her angles covered. Konjuh had nothing to lose and all to gain, all the pressure was Aga’s to work with. Kudos to Konjuh, solid tennis played.

    Aga should do her best to defend most of her points through year’s end and really pick her way through next. That could be her year.

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