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Kerber sets up Kvitova clash at US Open, Keys produces incredible comeback

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In the women's singles action at the 2016 US Open on Friday, Germany's Angelique Kerber, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, Italian seventh 7 seed Roberta Vinci, Britain's Johanna Konta and Czech Petra Kvitova all moved into the Round of 16 with comfortable victories.

World No.2 Kerber made quick work of American qualifier Catherine Bellis with a 6-1, 6-1 romp to book a place in the fourth round, where she'll play former No.2 Kvitova, who moved past Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-4.

In pole position to become the first German to become No.1 in the world since Steffi Graf in 1997, the reigning Australian Open champion put on a masterclass for Bellis, the tournament's most impressive young talent.

Kerber proved a bridge too far for Bellis as the German hit 17 winners to 18 unforced errors, not only dictating play but also playing the cleaner match compared to Bellis, who hit 11 winners and 21 unforced errors.

"It was a great atmosphere," she said after the match, according to wtatennis.com. "I mean, the fans and the crowd, it's just amazing. Of course, to playing against an American, it was really special. I was enjoying playing tonight out there."

Having arrived at Flushing Meadows with little form to speak of, Wozniacki has been one of the stories of the opening week, following up her upset of ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova with another impressive showing. The two-time finalist dissected Romanian Monica Niculescu's unorthodox game to win 6-3, 6-1.

American eighth seed Madison Keys, however, survived a huge scare from Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, rallying from a 1-5 third-set deficit to win 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). Keys will face Wozniacki for a place in the quarter-finals after the American produced what she described as the comeback of her career.

In the one upset in the women's draw, Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko defeated 12th seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.