Jennifer Brady is unstoppable at the US Open. The US Open is the first player to reach the semifinals by putting aside Kazakh Joelia Poetintseva with hard, flat forehands: 6-3, 6-2.
Brady is the number 41 in the world, but hasn’t lost a set in New York yet. In the five games she has now played, she only gave up 24 games. In the semifinals she will meet the Japanese winner of 2018, Naomi Osaka, or her compatriot Shelby Rogers.
On paper the difference with Poetintseva was small. Both are 25 years old and debuted in the quarter finals of a grandslam tournament and the Kazakhstan is only six places higher in the world rankings.
Well out of the starting blocks
Brady, however, got off to a much better start. She took a 4-0 lead and from 2-2 in the second set she didn’t let her opponent enter the game. “I was nervous, but luckily I was able to hold the momentum”, she said afterwards.
Brady originates from the college tennis of America. The former UCLA player is the first college player in the semifinals of the US Open since Gigi Fernandez in 1994.