American world No.41 Jennifer Brady needed only 69 minutes to beat Yulia Putintseva for the first time in their three career meetings and become the first player to advance to the semifinals of the 2020 US Open.
The 28th-seeded Brady raced to a 4-0 lead to open the match and even though Putintseva got one break back, the American confidently took the first set. Seed No.23 Putintseva again couldn’t hold serve early in a set as Brady went 2-0 up in the second and although the Kazakh managed to level at 2-2, Brady reeled off the next four consecutive games to record another emphatic victory this fortnight, 6-3 6-2.
Brady is through to her first Grand Slam semifinals and has lost just 24 games so far at the tournament, the fewest of anyone left in the draw. Before the US Open, the 25-year-old dropped the fewest games en route to a title in 2020 during her run to the Lexington trophy (24), where she won 40 of 43 service games.
Next up for Brady will be the winner of today’s second quarterfinal, either fourth seed Naomi Osaka or American Shelby Rogers. (photo: Jimmie48)