American Jennifer Brady says she is looking forward to her fourth round encounter against former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, of Germany, at the US Open after a 6-3, 6-3 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. The 25 year old Brady is through to the last 16 at the US Open for the second time in her career and was pleased with her performance on Friday over the former World No.
4 Garcia, who had earlier knocked out the top seeded Karolina Pliskova. "I think today I started pretty strong. I served really well today. I think, you know, I looked as much as possible to be on offense before she was able to be on offense and dictating points.
Yeah, just really happy with my performance today."
Jennifer Brady says she has been playing some good tennis in recent weeks
The American won her first WTA singles titles in August and credits her good run in recent weeks to the hard work she put in during the tennis shutdown, while speaking to the press in New York. "You know, once Indian Wells was canceled, I went home to Orlando and I took a few weeks off but then was able to continue to train on the court and off the court.
So I spent maybe about four months just practicing and training and working on getting better, you know, at home. Then I was able to play Charleston, World TeamTennis, and then Lexington, and then before coming here. I think I just had a lot of matches under me.
I think, you know, just going into every match, believing that I can win. And I think also one of the big things is, you know, I have been serving really well and then able to win a lot of points off my first serve. Yeah, I think I have just been playing good tennis."
After dropping just 14 games in her three matches, Brady says she is expecting a tough match from Kerber - who is a former World No. 1 and previous winner of this event. "Obviously she's a great competitor, great player.
You know, different, lefty, you know, so that's something different that, you know, against the other opponents that I have played. You know, I'm expecting it to be a very tough match. I'm just going to go out there and think the same thought I have thought for every other match, just believe in myself, compete, and just play for every point. (Image Credit - US Open)