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US Open: Top seed Karolina Pliskova out, Garbine Muguruza to be No. 1

In the US Open women’s singles quarter-final, 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe defeated top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

tennis Updated: Sep 06, 2017 23:54 IST
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Karolina Pliskova reacts during loss to CoCo Vandeweghe at the US Open.(REUTERS)

Garbine Muguruza will become the WTA’s world number one for the first time on Monday after top seed Karolina Pliskova was dumped out ofthe US Open at the quarter-finals by Coco Vandeweghe.

The top seed at Flushing Meadows and last year’s runner-up, Pliskova needed to reach the final of the year’s final grand slam to retainpole position in the rankings.

However, the Czech was overpowered by Vandeweghe, whose 7-6 (7-4), 6-3victory keeps alive the possibility of an all-American last four in the women’s singles. Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams will meet in one semi-final, while Vandeweghe now awaits the winner of Wednesday’s match between compatriot Madison Keys and Kaia Kanepi.

Although Vandeweghe’s performances at regular WTA Tour events in 2017 have been largely underwhelming, she has frequently impressed on the biggest stages.

A semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January, she also reached the last eight at Wimbledon this year and has now equalled her best performance at a slam.

First Published: Sep 06, 2017 23:53 IST