Belinda Bencic rolling ahead of matchup with Bianca Andreescu

Belinda Bencic

"Williams produced her best performance in several years".

The 22-year-old appeared to be on the rise five years ago, when she reached the quarter-finals at the US Open in 2014 and won the Rogers Cup in 2015, but has been slowed by injuries. I am really enjoying my tennis'. She built on the run in New Zealand and qualify for the Australian Open, where she lost in the second round.

The win over Vekic will put her in the top 10 of the world rankings. Back in the top 20, it is more than definite that she is here to stay.

With both players fighting fatigue and a faulty serve down the stretch, Berrettini finally closed it out on his fifth match point - after double-faulting away his first chance long before that. All in all, this will be a US Open semifinal for the history books. With the biggest hardcourt titles in Indian Wells and Toronto, she definitely had the game and the gumption to make it big.

Barty won the women's doubles title previous year at Flushing Meadows with CoCo Vandeweghe.

That's 43 match wins on the season of highs and a few lows - two tour titles, a shoulder injured that cost her four months out of competition, retirement from the French Open and a pass on Wimbledon.

"I was dreaming, of course, about this day coming, but you never know what's going to happen", the Switzerland native said.

The 19-year-old Canadian, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, advanced to the semis of the U.S. Open on Wednesday in a comeback 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

A born competitor, Andreescu, who plays fearless tennis - sometimes, problem-solving on the fly - wasn't intimidated by either Mertens or the NY night session crowd that can really be intimidating. Such was her winning strategy against unseeded American qualifier Taylor Townsend on Monday night, during her fourth-round victory, and it's something she was able to do at times against the No. 25 seed Mertens.

Minutes later, with one last backhand down-the-line victor, Bianca Andreescu was a US Open semi-finalist.

"She has made a mark". "She's an incredible player".

On the greatest occasion of her tennis life, Bianca Andreescu's mind flew back a year to remember experiencing one of the most painful moments of her career on these grounds.

"This is honestly so insane", Andreescu told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi post-match. Andreescu is pretty similar. "Not as good yet". But still, she'd never been in major quarterfinal before. Now, she faces an opponent who is quite similar to herself. But has lived and first learned tennis in the European country.

Through the first four games, she had 11 unforced errors as Mertens took advantage of the mistakes. They started working together in 2018, when she was still toiling on the ITF circuit, and even he didn't expect her to make it to the top so soon. Against the latter two, she faced some resistance and showed first signs of crack, but in a display of brilliance and maturity, the Canadian dealt with the threat handsomely. Bianca says her mother is her lifelong role model, and the reason for her confidence. Her game is solid: strong, swift and multidimensional, she can crack winners with ferocity but can mix up her shots with equal deftness to confound the opponent.



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