Madison Keys Pulls Off Upset of Jessica Pegula to Reach US Open Quarterfinals!

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: Madison Keys of the United States in action against Jessica Pegula of the United States in the fourth round on Day 8 of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2023 in New York City (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Madison Keys Pulls Off Upset of Jessica Pegula to Reach US Open Quarterfinals!
(Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Madison Keys stunned third-seeded Jessica Pegula in straight sets to reach the US Open quarterfinals on Monday, while Aryna Sabalenka powered into the last eight with a dominant win over Elise Mertens.

Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, won 7-6(3), 6-3 to set up a meeting with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

The American was in control for most of the match, but Pegula had a chance to break in the first set at 5-5. However, Keys saved the break point and then won the tiebreak.

In the second set, Keys broke Pegula twice to take a 4-1 lead and never looked back.

Sabalenka, the seventh seed, was equally impressive in her 6-1, 6-2 win over Mertens.

The Belarusian broke Mertens six times in the match and never faced a break point herself.

Sabalenka will next face either Paula Badosa or Leylah Fernandez.

Here are some other details about the matches:

  • Keys’ win was her first over a top-10 player since 2019.
  • Sabalenka has now won 12 consecutive matches.
  • She is the only player in the women’s draw to have not dropped a set so far.

The quarterfinals will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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