Former American college standout Jennifer Brady stepped up to the big time on Tuesday as she defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2 for a semi-final place at the US Open.

Playing in an empty Ashe stadium, the 25-year-old from Pennsylvania won the last four games of the second set to sweep to victory in just over an hour.

Brady, her left thigh heavily taped, came into the New York tennis quarantine with the title from Lexington last month to hand but had lost both of her previous matches to her Kazakh opponent.

She finished off victory on her first match point but needed a Hawk-eye electronic confirmation to secure the win.

Jennifer Brady in action during a women’s singles match at the 2020 US Open. Photo by Mike Lawrence/USTA

Brady won the opening set and went up an early break in the second, which she then lost. But the American broke to love for 3-2 and was never threatened further.

“Of course I’m thrilled to be in the semi-finals, ” she said. “I tried to play as aggressive as possible today.

“I didn’t want to get caught playing her game of chasing everything down. 

“I was happy with my start and was just trying to keep it all going and build on it.”

Brady will wait for a Thursday semi-final opponent as 2018 champion Naomi Osaka faces 93rd-ranked American Shelby Rogers.

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