US Open 2017: Karolina Pliskova survives and advances

Pliskova was made to work hard but eventually pulled through

Karolina Pliskova saved a match point as she came from a set down for the second successive round to overcome a valiant effort from Zhang Shuai and reach the US Open last 16.

A disconsolate Zhang, knowing she was so near a second career victory over a world No. 1 player, dissolved with a double fault and unruly forehand handing Pliskova the second straight break and second set. "I mean, the only break I got was in the first game, so it was a tight first set and could easily go in his direction".

"I will have to improve in the next one", the 25-year-old said in a courtside interview.

Eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation had her attempt at a second U.S. Open title and her chance of obtaining a No. 1 ranking erased by unseeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Besides Pliskova, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina are the other women who can still get to No. 1.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia also moved on with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

Meanwhile, American Shelby Rogers advanced by prevailing in the longest women's singles match in U.S. Open history.

The qualifier Kaia Kanepi, ranked 418th, reached the fourth round of a major for the first time since 2014 with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Naomi Osaka. Madison Keys, the 15th seed, defeated Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-3, 6-4, and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe ousted Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 7-6 (6), 6-2 in a night match.

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Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Pliskova finally found the rhythm on her serve, holding her serve to love before the underdog placed herself just one game away from winning the first set.

"I just try to fight even if my game is not 100 percent and it's not 100 percent, actually, this week", she said.

Brady belted 46 winners outlasting Romanian Monica Niculescu, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3), advancing to a Grand Slam round of 16 for the second time this season following her run to the Australian Open fourth round.

Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago.

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"I'm playing in quite big waves this tournament so far".

Pliskova still has plenty of work to do to remain as the world's best player, although there are only three players left in the race for top spot.

Also advancing were No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, a straight-sets victor over Australian John Millman, and Alexandr Dolgopolov, who routed Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.

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