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Jennifer Brady

American upstart Jennifer Brady continued her surprising surge at the US Open with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva yesterday to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

The 28th-seeded Brady, who has yet to drop a set at this year's event, used her massive forehand and impressive court coverage to deny Putintseva in her bid to become the first Kazakh woman to reach the final four of any major.

"I came out with nerves obviously ... so I just tried to treat it like all the other matches and pretend like it was a first-round match," said Brady. "I was happy with the way I started and I think I was able to keep the momentum and build off that."

Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, has pleaded for compassion for the line judge he inadvertently struck in the throat with a ball a on Monday after the female official faced a backlash from his fans of on social media.

A section of Djokovic's fans took to social media to hurl abuse at the official after her Instagram username was carried by Serbian media. "Shame on you. Old lady full of evil," read one of the messages left on her Instagram account.