The top seed, who needs to win her quarterfinal against either Lucie Safarova or CoCo Vandeweghe to have a chance of retaining her No.1 ranking, was ruthless in speeding through a second set bagel, breaking Brady three times - the final time denying the American from two game points down to seal a dominant display.
"My first good match, actually".
Safarova certainly had her chances in this match, and potentially could have won both sets, though the Czech will be rueing several missed opportunities as Vandeweghe was able to battle her way through to a third Grand Slam quarterfinal this year, after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and the last eight at Wimbledon.
Against an undoubtedly tricky opponent capable of playing well above her unseeded status, this was an impressive performance from Vandeweghe, who successfully backed up her win over Agnieszka Radwanska with 16 winners and six aces today. "Definitely, that match helped me to go through tough moments and this match I was much better".
"I didn't change anything". Karolina Pliskova had to reach the final. The Czech Republic native is in the quarters for the second consecutive year.
She admitted: "I think I'm playing in quite big waves this tournament so far..."
"I think it was just good for me to, you know, get a feel for what it's like playing on a big stage, playing on Ashe. I played without making many mistakes", Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview.
This time, she raced to a 4-0 lead against an obviously nervous opponent, then won the second set in even more lopsided fashion. I just wanted to take advantage of that.
I have to prepare. "My energy dropped. Once I got broken in the third, I just kept telling myself just try to figure it out, just get as many balls in as you can". Kanepi, who's missed nearly two years of play with plantar fasciitis, is playing her first Grand Slam since the 2015 US Open. It may be that I have given him the opportunity to play well, said Brady. "I hoped to qualify and keep going, see what happened with my tennis". I was lucky that I had an wonderful crowd and atmosphere.
Pliskova won 31 of the last 39 points to clinch a crushing victory and suggest she could go one better than past year, when she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.
Rafael Nadal has advanced to the US Open quarterfinals with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 routing of Alexandr Dolgopolov. The loss eliminates Svitolina in the chase for No. 1.
As the lowly Americans from the overmatched country impress even when losing decisively, someone from that exceptional Williams family, Venus, will grace her 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal.