Day 7 produced the first pair of quarter-finals at the 2019 US Open. This post features detailed reviews for the first two matches of the day on Louis Armstrong Stadium between Barty and Wang Qiang, and Pliskova and Konta. There’s also media highlights from the day and polls for fourth round matches on day 8. Read on for highlights from Sunday’s action in New York.
Match reviews 🎾
(18) Wang Qiang d. (2) Ash Barty, 6-2 6-4
Wang Qiang scored the biggest win of her career over Ash Barty to reach a first ever Slam quarter-final. This was solid match from Wang Qiang who played with patient aggression and excellent depth. The key stat in this match was break point conversions – Wang Qiang went 3 out of 6, while Barty was 0 for 9. It was curiously similar to Barty’s fourth rounder at the US Open last year against Karolina Pliskova on the same court where she was also went 0 for 8 on break points.
Barty didn’t play the big points well, producing uncharacteristic errors on most of the break points she had. It felt like the break point conversions got into her head at the end. Barty spent a lot of time behind the baseline (partly due to Wang’s depth) and was very erratic off both wings, particularly the backhand slice.
It was clear that Wang Qiang was feeling the nerves at the end but crucially, she landed first serves in play. Barty had multiple chances to break in Wang’s final two service games but let her off the hook with errors. For the third straight Slam, we were one match away from Serena-Ash and it didn’t happen!
(16) Johanna Konta d. (3) Karolina Pliskova, 6-7(1) 6-3 7-5
Johanna Konta scored a huge win over Karolina Pliskova to complete her set of Slam quarter-finals. It was a good match with an entertaining finish. Konta looked thrilled at the end and seemed to revel in the atmosphere on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The first two sets were topsy-turvy. Konta was the better player in the first set but her inability to convert break points and seal a double break lead cost her as a slow-starting and passive Pliskova found her serve in the nick of time and then played a stunning tiebreak. Pliskova looked to be on her way into the quarter-finals but played an unexpectedly wobbly service game, leading 7-6 *3-2. Konta won the last five games of the second set as she pounced on the Pliskova second serve and began to open the court.
Pliskova’s serve was dynamite in the third set but Konta stayed with her all the way. The Brit played a lights out service game at *4-5 which she opened with the purest of backhand winners down-the-line. Having strolled through the set with just four points dropped in five service games, Pliskova played an absolute shocker at 5-5. Konta dictated all the rallies in the final few games and despite a couple of wild shots, she kept backing herself and served it out on her second match point.
Best of the rest 🌍
Serena Williams played another high-quality match, beating Petra Martic in straights, 6-4 6-3. There was an injury scare for Serena who rolled her ankle moving forward to the net in the second set. Serena took a medical time-out and looked worried at the time, but she finished off the match convincingly and seemed in good form in the post-match interview.
Elina Svitolina snapped Madison Keys’s winning streak with a 7-5 6-4 win in the night match on Ashe. Svitolina won 36 of 39 points behind her first serve and didn’t face a break point!
Stat watch 🔢
Konta-Pliskova always delivers competitive matches. Of their eight matches, six of them have gone three sets. Konta’s win over Pliskova was just her second ever win over the Czech player. Konta now advances to her third Slam quarter-final in a row and all on different surfaces!
Hot shot of the day 🔥
What a get from Pliskova!
Handshakes and hugs 🤗
A belated H&H from Saturday 😊.
LOL moment 🤣
Serena’s post-match interview was a fun one.
Favourite snap 📸
Great shot of Serena shared by the US Open Twitter account.
Press highlights 📰
I like Wang Qiang. She spoke briefly about her coach, Peter McNamara, who sadly passed away earlier this summer.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
A pair of polls for Monday’s line-up of last 16 matches with Osaka-Bencic and Vekic-Goerges. Who you got?