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Czech top seed Karolina Pliskova is mandated to defeat American 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe in the opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 5pm if she is to stand a chance of retaining her World No. 1 ranking.

Vandeweghe has already reached the Australian Open semi-finals and Wimbledon quarter-finals this year with a similarly powerful game to Pliskova.

“I would not really put me and her together,” said the Czech. “Like not even personally.

“We both have the plan to play aggressive, but I think she’s a little bit – not messy sometimes, but she’s just going for her shots.

“Even if she just misses like five metres out, she doesn’t care, so it’s different. It’s not my game style.”

Vandeweghe responded: “I think my tennis is a little bit more complex than hers, than as simply as she put it, but I don’t know.”

In the other quarter final match scheduled for today, Madison Keys will square up against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, the first qualifier to reach the last eight since 1981 and ranked a lowly 481 after injury problems.

“I hoped to qualify and keep going, see what happens with my tennis,” said Kanepi, who has played just 27 matches in two years.

“Yeah, it’s pretty amazing where I am now compared to where I was few months ago.”

The pair will open the day nine night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 00:00 on Thursday.

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