Karolína Plíšková - CoCo Vandeweghe
US Open women - 7 September 2017
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PLISKOVA 6-7 4-6 VANDEWEGHE. Coco Vandeweghe has taken out Karolina Pliskova to become the third American woman in the US Open semi-final.
The 25-year-old drops to her knees, head-in-hands, as Pliskova nets at the death. The final game summed up why Pliskova deserves that victory. Her hammer forehand was just too much for the Czech, who loses her World No.1 to Garbine Muguruza.
PLISKOVA 6-7 3-5 VANDEWEGHE. Pliskova sends a strong message with a love hold. She is still fighting but Coco is serving for the match.
PLISKOVA 6-7 2-5 VANDEWEGHE. Coco closing in! Pliskova's muddled state of mind is evident on the opening point as she stops mid-rally to challenge after an in-call. It is in, fracticonally, but it was not a risk the Czech had to take. The dream of four American women in the US Open semi-final is very much on. Pliskova, who will lose her World No.1 ranking unless she reaches the final, is serving to stay in the tournament.
PLISKOVA 6-7 2-4 VANDEWEGHE. Terrific game for Coco, who restores her lead by a break. She makes it look easy on break point, anticipating and dispatching a Pliskova approach shot with a trademark ferocious forehand.
PLISKOVA 6-7 2-3 VANDEWEGHE. Pliskova breaks straight back in a game where Coco looked tight for the first time. And the American appeared to be lose focus after a call from the chair umpire left her with a second serve, when she had thought she would be back on the first.
PLISKOVA 6-7 1-3 VANDEWEGHE. There's the second-set breakthrough! With two break points, Coco hammers the perfect return into the corner and Pliskova is powerless to make the shot. The Czech, who double faulted in that game, is in real trouble here. Coco leads by a set and a break.
PLISKOVA 6-7 1-2 VANDEWEGHE. Still just two breaks in the match, as Coco keeps the pressure on with another hold. There was the first hint of serve-and-volley for the American in that game but she netted on the second serve for a double-fault. Many predicted net-play would be the key to victory for Coco but she has matched Pliskova from the baseline so far.
PLISKOVA 6-7 1-1 VANDEWEGHE. A hold apiece at the start of this second set.
PLISKOVA 6-7(4) VANDEWEGHE. Pliskova rarely shows any emotion at all but she slams her racquet onto the court as Coco clinches the first set, winning the tiebreak after a magnificent show of control and poise. Ashe raises the roof in support of the local girl.
TIE-BREAK - PLISKOVA 0-3 VANDEWEGHE. What a start. Pliskova's first serve is met by a lethal Coco winner, and she serves with controlled aggression to race into an early lead in the TB.
PLISKOVA 6-6 VANDEWEGHE. That's how to do it. Sealed with an ace, Coco holds comfortably to set-up a first-set breaker. They've played three previous TBs, with the American winning two of them...
PLISKOVA 6-5 VANDEWEGHE. Coco will have to serve to stay in the set again after more ferocious groundstrokes from Pliskova.
PLISKOVA 5-5 VANDEWEGHE. A first set point for Pliskova, helped by another double fault and an error from Coco, is saved brilliantly by the American, and she clinches a tense game with a terrific backhand winner. That was an impressive show of mental strength from the home favourite.
Coco's show of frustration at 17.48...
PLISKOVA 5-4 VANDEWEGHE. At 0-30, there's a chance to Coco to hit straight back. But she chooses to slog out the rest of the game from the baseline, with Pliskova again venturing to the net, and the Czech rallies to hold. She is starting to win the mini-battles and Coco is looking frustrated already. Pliskova a game away from the opening set.
PLISKOVA 4-4 VANDEWEGHE. The first sign of frustration for Coco, who smashes her racquet into the court after a second double-fault of the game gives Pliskova break point. She saves that one but some terrific hitting from Pliskova brings up a second BP, and the Czech seals the break with a brilliant angled forehand. We're back on serve.
PLISKOVA 3-4 VANDEWEGHE. Better from Pliskova, who holds to love. The Czech ventured into the net for the first time, winning the point with a crisp volley.
PLISKOVA 2-4 VANDEWEGHE. As always, there's barely any emotion from Pliskova as she recovers with a much better game but in the next game the World No.1 looks a little of the pace again, helping Coco to another hold.
PLISKOVA 1-3 VANDEWEGHE. Coco consolidates the break with some big, accurate serving. She's conceded just one point in two service games so far. Excellent composure.
PLISKOVA 1-2 VANDEWEGHE. The first big roar of the afternoon on Ashe comes as Coco earns the first break. She races on to three breaks points and converts the second with a powerful forehand, challenged, incorrectly, by the Czech. This has been an excellent, composed start by the American.
PLISKOVA 1-1 VANDEWEGHE. No signs of nerves for Coco as she gets on the board with a strong hold.
These opening moments matter. In four meetings, they have won two each and the winner of the first set has gone on to win every time.
PLISKOVA 1-0 VANDEWEGHE. Pat Cash, Coco's coach, was talking down her chances of reaching the final just now, and highlighted Pliskova's massive serve as one of her key strengths.
The Czech's first service game is solid enough and she holds to 30.
'We've got to where we aimed to be at -- the last few rounds of the Grand Slams,' Coco's coach Pat Cash tells Eurosport's Catherine Whitaker as the players emerge on court. 'I'm massively proud of her.'
Coco is aiming to become the third American woman into the semi-final after Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.
The roof is already on Ashe ahead of the players' arrival on court. There's no rain yet, but it's in the post...
Coco Vandeweghe was born in New York City, so the US Open is truly the 25-year-old's home Slam. Today she is aiming to reach the semi-final for the first time. Standing in her way? Last year's runner-up and the World No.1 Karolina Pliskova.
The players are due out on court in the Arthur Ashe stadium shortly for what promises to be a classic. Stay tuned.