US Open: Keys v Pegula, plus Draper, Alcaraz and Jabeur in action on day eight – live | US Open Tennis 2023

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What’s up dudes! Welcome to the US Open 2023 – day eight!

And what a day this promises to be. We begin on Armstrong with Marketa Vondrousova, the Wimbledon champion, who meets Peyton Stearns, the 21-year-old American. Though Stearns has made it this far without facing a seed, she beat Jelena Ostapenko – the woman of the moment and former French Open winner – at Roland-Garros, and nothing we know of her suggests she’ll shrink on the big occasion.

An hour later, we get going on Ashe, where Madison Keys – who’s watched worse players win majors – meets Jessica Pegula knowing that if she brings her best self, she almost definitely wins and, with the winner of the first match waiting in the quarters, has a decent shot at that to. Pegula, meanwhile, upped it in the decider to beat Elina Svitolina in the last round and, in the form of her life, will be desperate to improve on her last-eight Grand Slam best.

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Following them, Carlos Alcaraz meets Matteo Arnaldi, the young conqueror of Cameron Norrie who’s also beaten Casper Ruud on clay. If it seems unlikely he can upset the world number one, second on Armstrong offers a better chance of a surprise, when Jack Draper meets Andrey Rublev – another who, like Pegula, is established among the elite but struggling to take the next step.

And still there’s more! Ons Jabeur continues her quest for a major, any major, against Qinwen Zheng, before the day sesh concludes with Daniil Medvedev’s match against Alex de Minaur. Let’s go dudes!

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