At a time when college tennis programs across the nation are being cut due to the pandemic and growing financial concerns, Jen Brady is making a major statement on behalf of college tennis.

The former UCLA star reached her first major quarterfinal when she dominated three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-4, in the fourth round on Sunday. Brady, one of four American women in the fourth round, improved to 9-1 since the restart, including winning her first WTA title last month in Lexington, Ky. She also picked up $425,000 for reaching the quarterfinals, more than her year-to-date winnings.

Brady, who now has six Top-25 wins in 2020, became the first former college tennis player to reach the U.S. Open women’s singles quarterfinals since Gigi Fernandez of Clemson in 1994.

Read more from Adam Zagoria (Forbes) here.

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