US Open: Johanna Konta storms into quarterfinals after beating 3rd seed Karolina Pliskova

first_imgAdd third-seeded Karolina Pliskova to the list of top women to fall at the U.S. Open. Johanna Konta beat her 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-5 to move into the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time.The 16th-seeded Konta, who has reached the semis of all the other Grand Slam tournaments, struggled at times to overcome the hard-serving Pliskova, blowing a 5-3 in the first set and having to overcome 16 aces.No. 2 Ash Barty fell in the previous match on the same Louis Armstrong Stadium court in straight sets to Wang Qiang.Next up for Konta is the winner of the night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium between fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina and No. 10 Madison Keys.In a men’s match that ended at about the same time, Grigor Dimitrov downed Alex de Minaur 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time. The No. 78-ranked Dimitrov, who is trying to regain the form that pushed into the top three in the rankings two years ago, next faces No. 3 seed Roger Federer.Roger Federer has gotten his groove back. The No. 3 seed cruised through his second straight easy victory at the U.S. Open, beating David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to move into his 13th quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows.Federer, who dropped the first set in each of his first two matches, hasn’t dropped a set since. He thoroughly dominated the No. 15 Goffin in 1 hour, 19 minutes, blasting 35 winners to just eight for his opponent and serving up 10 aces. Federer closed out the match after a 20-stroke rally with an emphatic backhand winner down the line.advertisementAlso Read | US Open: World No. 2 Ash Barty crashes out after straight-sets defeatAlso Read | Roger Federer trounces David Goffin to make US Open Quarter-finalslast_img

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