Coco Vandeweghe Defeats Top Seeded Karolina Pliskova and Secures US Open 2017 Semi-Finals

Coco Vandeweghe defeated top seeded Karolina Pliskova and secured a place in US Open 2017 semi-finals, while Madison Keys' victory against Kaia Kanepi secured an All-American Final Four.

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The US Open 2017 women’s singles are turning out to be full of surprises. The latest one was directed by 20th seeded Coco Vandeweghe.She won the match against the top seeded and No. 1 ranked tennis player on WTA, Karolina Pliskova, and secured herself a spot in the US Open 2017 Semi-Finals. To make the feat more impressive, Vandeweghe finished the job in 2 sets, with the final score being 7-6(4), 6-3. The loss against Vandeweghe meant Pliskova will lose her top spot on WTA, which will go to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Vandeweghe was ecstatic after the match saying: “When I won this event as junior at 16 I always dreamed of being on the main stage. It is a process and here I am. I couldn’t wish for anything better.

Coco Vandeweghe’s victory meant she joined Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the semifinals. Everyone then waited for the outcome of the match between Madison Keys and Kaia Kanepi. Keys won the match with 6-3, 6-3 and ensured that there will be All-American semi-finals of US Open 2017. This is the first time since 1981 that there are all four American players in the final four of US Open.

Vandeweghe will face Keys in the first match of the semi-finals, while the second match will see the clash between Williams and Stephens. This means that only Venus Williams is left standing from the Top 10 seeded players in the US Open 2017.

Alongside Vandeweghe’s win against Pliskova, another major upset we saw in this year’s tournament is defending US Open champion and 6th seeded Angelique Kerber being defeated by Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the first round. This was the first time since 2005 that the defending champion didn’t make it past the first round.