US Open Tennis 2017 Results: Karolina Pliskova Avoids Upset in Saturday's Play

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2017

The Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova returns the ball to China's Shuai Zhang during their qualifying 2017 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Top women's seed Karolina Pliskova survived a serious upset bid from Shuai Zhang as part of Saturday's early action in the 2017 U.S. Open as the third round rolled on from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.

Roger Federer, headlined the night session against Feliciano Lopez and few issues getting past the Spaniard in straight sets. Meanwhile, top seed Rafael Nadal recovered from a set down against Mayer to make his way into Round 24.

American star Madison Keys is set to battle Elena Vesnina in the second match of the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Let's check out the full set of results from both the men's and women's draws at the final major of the season, which will get updated through the conclusion of play. That's followed by a recap of the top storylines. All match statistics are courtesy of the tournament's official website.

                       

Men's Results

(1) Rafael Nadal def. Leonardo Mayer; 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

(3) Roger Federer def. (31) Feliciano Lopez; 6-3, 6-3, 7-5

(6) Dominic Thiem def. (30) Adrian Mannarino; 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

(9) David Goffin def. (18) Gael Monfils; 7-5, 5-1 (ret.)

(24) Juan Martin del Potro def. (11) Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

(33) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. John Millman; 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Viktor Troicki; 6-1, 6-0, 6-4

Andrey Rublev def. Damir Dzumhur; 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

                            

Women's Results

(1) Karolina Pliskova def. (27) Shuai Zhang; 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

(4) Elina Svitolina def. Shelby Rogers; 6-4, 7-5

(20) CoCo Vandeweghe def. (10) Agnieszka Radwanska; 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Daria Kasatkina def. (12) Jelena Ostapenko; 6-3, 6-2

(15) Madison Keys def. (17) Elena Vesnina; 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Lucie Safarova def. Kurumi Nara; 6-3, 6-2

Jennifer Brady def. Monica Niculescu; 6-3, 4-6, 7-6

Kaia Kanepi def. Naomi Osaka; 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

                     

Day 6 Recap

Pliskova put herself behind the eight ball by dropping the opening set for the second straight match. Unlike her matchup with Nicole Gibbs in the second round, however, this time she was actually pushed to the brink by Zhang, who held a match point in the second set but failed to convert.

The 25-year-old Czech star, who's seeking her first career Grand Slam title, bounced back strong after saving match point to survive and advance to Round 4. She won 70 percent of the points on her first serve and took advantage on two of her four break-point chances to finally pull away in the third.

U.S. Open Tennis‏ highlighted Pliskova's exaltation after match point:

ESPN Stats & Info provided a note about her berth in the fourth round:

While she's still among the top contenders to take home the title next weekend, her form will need to improve during the second week in order to raise the trophy.

Nadal, meanwhile, had another testing match at the tournament as Mayer was able to take the opener; the top seed also lost the first stanza against Taro Daniel in Round 2.

The Spaniard was able to move through the gears from that point on, though, dropping just eight games in the remaining three sets to make his way into Round 4. As noted by tennis journalist David Law, the veteran puts so much into every point:

While Nadal had to battle at times, Federer was serene against the big-serving Spaniard, as Lopez found him so difficult to pin down.

Federer's ability to find angles, return with accuracy and hit big serves himself was too much for Lopez. Philipp Kohlschreiber is next up for the great man on Monday.

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