American Shelby Rogers and Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva will both be aiming to reach their first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open after knocking out Top 10 seeded opponents on Sunday in New York. Ranked No. 93 in the world, Rogers saved four match points to upset the No.
6 seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(6) and told the press that it felt amazing to reach the quarter-finals at her home Grand Slam for the first time. "Yeah, it feels amazing. Day 72 in the bubble (laughter).
It's been a long time here in New York. I'm happy to be sticking around for some more. I just kept trying to hang in there and defend her balls, take care of my serve there in the third after I got broken. Thankfully somehow got it done (smiling)."
Shelby Rogers & Yulia Putintseva through to the US Open QFs for the first time
This is the second time that Rogers is through to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam - she reached the last eight at the French Open in 2016 and hopes that this time the result will be different.
"It wasn't ideal, so hopefully can change the outcome this time. It's obviously a lot different situation. Here it's going to be a much different atmosphere. Like I said, the good memories are amazing to have. I'm excited to be back in that situation.
I'll just keep doing what I've been doing the last, what, three weeks I've been here now, try to bring my A game and do what I've been doing." She will next meet former US Open champion Naomi Osaka for a spot in the semi-finals and knows she will need to be at her best to overcome the power-game of the 22 year old former World No.
1. "I mean, she likes to play first-strike tennis, for sure. She likes to go for her shots, be in control of the points. Maybe I can be a little crafty at times. She definitely has all the shots as well. I think you have to respect what she does on the court, especially if she's serving well, she likes to dictate with her serve.
Meanwhile, Putintseva, who has been a two-time quarter-finalist at the French Open, upset the No. 8 seed Petra Martic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in more than two-and-a-half hours for her best performance in New York. "I mean, it's pretty cool (smiling).
Well, and I hope, like, I can do even better at some point of my career, as well." The Kazakh player is remaining focused on her next match for now against the in-form American Jennifer Brady and not thinking too far ahead in the tournament.
"She's a really good player, even though we played, like, a long time ago, I think two, three years ago, she was already, like, having a good game style, you know, moving a lot and taking forehand, big serve. I think I just need to focus on my game and prepare for a good match.
I mean, I'm too far away right now to think about winning the major. At the moment I have to focus on my next match and be prepared for what's coming."