Jennifer Brady, the No.28 seed from the United States, powered into her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over 2016 champion and No.17 seed Angelique at the US Open.
Reported by WTATennis.com
Against three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber, Brady broke serve four times, and she was the cleaner player, with 25 winners to just 14 unforced errors. Kerber’s 20 unforced errors outnumbered her 16 winners, and the German struggled on second serve, winning just 35 percent of those points
Brady kicked off the match with a bang, grabbing a love service hold which was punctuated with a backhand winner down the line. Kerber struck back with a love hold of her own, wrapping up that game with a forehand winner square on the baseline, and the opening stages seemed to augur a competitive first set.
However, Brady went on a complete tear from there in the opening frame. After another backhand winner gave the American a hold for 2-1, she started racking up game after game with her combination of power and precision off of her groundstrokes.
Solid returning by the American gave her two breaks in a row and a 5-1 lead, as three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber was left without many answers in the first set. A deep forehand by Brady queued up double set point, and though Kerber saved the first with a vintage backhand crosscourt return winner, the German found the net with a backhand on the second.
Brady kept her momentum going with an early break in the second set, taking the first game by ending a rally with a backhand winner on her third break point. Kerber, not to be outdone, finally notched her first service break of the day in the next game with a stunning forehand return winner down the line.
Kerber then dropped serve at love to cede the lead back to Brady, and though the second set proved to be much more competitive than the first, the German was hindered by the loss of that game, as she never was able to get over the line in any of the American’s remaining service games.
Brady faced five break points over her next three service games, but her power game steered her through each of those predicaments, as Kerber was left to contemplate her missed chances down the stretch. The German did well, though, to save a match point on her serve at 5-3, drawing an error with a fierce forehand, before holding and forcing Brady to serve for the match.
Despite their vast difference in Grand Slam championship experience, the American was up to the task, quickly racing to double match point. Kerber fired a service return long at 40-15, and Brady romped to her deepest showing at a Grand Slam event thus far in her burgeoning career.