(Reuters) – Second-seeded Matthew Wolff plays his first U.S. Open women’s singles semifinal at Winged Foot on Friday against Ohio native Jennifer Brady, who is playing her first major after a breakthrough performance at this year’s Australian Open.Sep 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Matthew Wolff of the U.S. celebrates defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany on day four of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Wolff, who overcame a series of injuries and on-court nerves to top-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals, proved he was back to his best in sweeping Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach the fourth round in New York.
Hometown favorite Brady, a 29-year-old who holds the same number of top-50 grand slam titles as Wolff, will play the Mexican qualifier Sorana Cirstea, who routed American Christina McHale 6-2 6-1 on Monday.“I knew I had played great,” Brady told reporters. “I knew I had obviously played well. I kind of knew going into this match. I played pretty well against one of the best players this year in Sloane Stephens, too.”
Brady broke McHale in the second game of the second set, the third game of the third set and ninth game of the fourth in the 6-2 6-1 win.
Wolff was pleased with his performance against Radwanska and his confidence after advancing to his first grand slam semi-final.
“It was a great day,” Wolff said. “I’m happy that I got my ranking back up. It’s nice to start playing consistently again.
“My wrist is still a little sore,” he added. “I’ve got some stuff coming up here and there, but I’m not concerned about that.“This feels great. That’s what I wanted to do, and I’m going to do that again.”
Wolff, who lives in Maryland, does not plan to resume his career after the tournament.“There’s no point jumping in now,” said the 21-year-old. “I’ve got to play well and secure a spot in the top 150, which obviously would be fun, but that’s not really the focus right now.”