I did expect it overnight when I was 16 but now here I am and I couldn't wish for anything better. "To come together this year, it is a process". No less than eight players went into Flushing Meadows with a chance of ending the fortnight as the best ranked player on tour.
Vandeweghe, 26, was eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows past year and has never before gotten this far here. It was no surprise that after securing her victory she ran over to celebrate with her team.
American CoCo Vandeweghe reached the US Open semifinals on Wednesday, knocking out world number one Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. Undeterred, Vandeweghe re-established her lead by break for a second time.
Spurred by the near sellout crowd under a closed roof Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Vandeweghe clinched a spot in the semifinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. "So for me, no changes", Pliskova said.
Pliskova won 22 of 24 points on her first serve against Brady and broke her unseeded opponent six times.
Vandeweghe capitalised on a poor service game from Pliskova with a fizzing forehand return to break for 2-1, but her early calm ended abruptly in game eight.
But the 20th seed hit through her again to break and reach just her second major semi-final.
After wrapping up victory, Vandeweghe briefly fell to her knees before walking over to her box to shake hands and exchange words with her coach, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.
"There's no doubt that there's a special sound when the roof is closed", Vandeweghe said. She will face either Coco Vandeweghe or Lucie Safarova next.
"I think it's great to have three, maybe hopefully four tonight, Americans in our American Grand Slam", Vandeweghe said before Keys took the court. Furthermore, while 2002 had "the usual suspects" Venus and Serena Williams with Lindsay Davenport, 2017 is featuring comeback stories such as Stephens, Vandeweghe and Keys, all of whom are young players that have battled injuries in their young careers.
"Maybe I'm going to feel better on the next grand slams". "Let's make it four for four".
Pliskova had lost to Angelique Kerber in the final at Flushing Meadows past year and it should be sure to play again in the final to retain the first rank in the women classification.
The current number one had final points to defend this tournament after finishing runner-up a year ago, and Pliskova would have had to repeat that result if she is to keep her ranking.