Konjuh announces herself at U.S. Open

Tue Sep 6, 2016 9:25pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ana Konjuh has opened some eyes at Flushing Meadows as the 18-year-old former world number one junior emerged to reach her first grand slam quarter-final at the U.S. Open.

Konjah, who three years ago reigned as the Australian Open and U.S. Open junior champion, has been slowed by wrist and ankle injuries and a stress fracture in her back, and shown only glimpses of her vast potential in WTA Tour tennis.

But the world number 92 had a coming out party in the round of 16, with a 6-4 6-4 upset of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska that made her the first Croatian woman to reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

"The type of tennis she played last night, she could be something special," Mary Joe Fernandez, the U.S. Fed Cup captain and ESPN pundit, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Her ESPN colleague Pam Shriver, winner of 21 singles titles and 21 grand slam doubles crowns, agreed.

"We were really impressed by her power quotient and mixing in some drop shots. And her serve," she enthused.

"At 18 she has one of the best teenage serves that I've seen since Venus and Serena (Williams) came up. She was hitting many serves at 115, 120 miles per hour."

Standing between Konjuh and the semi-finals is 10th seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.   Continued...

Sep 5, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Ana Konjuh of Croatia salutes the crowd after her match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland (not pictured) on day eight of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Konjuh won 6-4, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports