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U.S. Open: Jennifer Brady earns a shot at No. 1; Madison Keys wins a marathon

U.S. Open: Jennifer Brady earns a shot at No. 1; Madison Keys wins a marathon

Jennifer Brady had one overpowering thought after she lunged and fell to the ground on Court 17 during the third-set tiebreaker of her strenuous match against Romania’s Monica Niculescu on Saturday. “I didn’t want to get up,” said Brady, the former UCLA standout. “I was tired and laying there felt nice.”

After a few seconds’ respite she rose to her feet. Two points later, she had a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) victory and a berth in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. “Both fun and frustrating,” Brady said of the match, in which she showcased her devastating forehand.

Brady moved on to face world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova. Brady expects to feel awe and a sense of freedom because she has...

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