Not the first time Kaja has bottled big lead at USO. You'd think she should be able to close out the match leading set and 3-1. But then again, 2016 final demons will be there forever. Not even her massive serve can help.
Choke from Konta in the first set could be slightly forgiven with the way she came back to win the match. But that still tells me she ain't ready to win a GS.
She was pretty good overall though besides that choke, hitting her groundstrokes really well and returning decently too. But those mental walkabouts and missed drives and smashes at the net were quite comical, tbh.
Pliskova, same old, same old... fights through her first three rounds not playing well at all, then runs into a decent opponent in R4 and loses a tight third set. Against Muchova at Wimbledon, and now here at USO. That service game at 5-5 was dismal, and frankly she's done it so many times now late in final sets that she needs a mental coach to fix this problem. :shrug:
Konta has a chance to make SF against Svitolina or Keys.