Bianca Andreescu beats Elise Mertens to reach US Open semi-finals
The remarkable rise of teenager Bianca Andreescu continued as she came from a set to sink down Elise Mertens and hit the final four of the US Open.
The 19-year-old has climbed from 152 from the planet at the onset of the year and today has a grand slam semi-final appearance to her title on her Flushing Meadows main draw debut, following her stirring 3-6 6-2 6-3 victory on Wednesday.
Mertens appeared in command after in the first set, and had dropped just 16 games on her way to the previous eight years, but the Canadian eventually blew away her.
The 25th seed in Belgium, mertens, established an early separation that she did not relinquish and clinched the set by an ace.
It was a low-key beginning from Andreescu, usually a competition that is emotional and fiery, however she broke early in the second only for Mertens to get back to level terms.
However, the youngster was now finding her range, and her voice, breaking to select the set.
Andreescu was beginning to flag a humid New York day and taking swigs of water between things.
She had to reevaluate the points along with Mertens, that had been broken up in game eight was told on by her aggressive groundstrokes, along with a backhand down the line wrapped up the success.
“This is really so crazy,” said Andreescu. “Last year I was in the round, and today with everything I’ve accomplished this season I am speechless.
“I need someone to pinch me now. Is this true life?
“I believe the experience from playing with these big tournaments this past year is merely catching up.
“Elise played really well so that I tried to remain calm. I got upset. I told me to stay calm and stick to the strategies.”
Andreescu and Belinda Bencic, the seed, at Thursday night will perform with with.
“It is definitely not going to be easy,” added Andreescu. “She’s an unbelievable player but I can play my very best tennis.”
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