For the first time since 2003, five American Women have advanced to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam. Led by the legendary Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Jennifer Brady, the American Women look to advance to the quarterfinals of the final Grand Slam of the season.
Sloane Stephens will be the first player to step into the Round of 16 for the American Womenas she will take on Julia Georges. Should Stephens triumph over the player she has already defeated 3 of 4 times on the hard court, it will mark the first time that Stephens will advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. All of this after being away from the game for 11 months with a foot injury.
Leading the charge in the Round of 16 is 37-year old Venus Williams who will take on Carla Suarez Navarro, a player she has defeated 4 of the seven times she’s faced her. Williams, the No. 9 seed, is certainly no stranger to long stays at a Slam. Champion here in 2000 and 2001, the 37-year-old has won seven major titles and has appeared in 16 Slam finals, including two this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The 2017 US Open represents Williams’ 76th main-draw appearance in a major – an Open-era record among women. She’s into the fourth round here for the 15th time in her career and has dropped just one set so far in her advance.
Coco Vandeweghe, who is enjoying her best run at the U.S. Open, having already advanced further than she has in previous Open’s, may be on the biggest roll of all. Having defeated No.10 seed Aga Radwanska in a stunning three-set victory.
Madison Key and Jennifer Brady also battled their way into the Round of 16 with impressive victories of their own.
Brady, ranked No. 91, pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win over Monica Niculescu to make her second surprising fourth-round appearance in a major this year. She made it to this stage at the Australian Open as well. And Madison Keys had a spectacular late night victory over Elena Vesnina.