Canada’s Andreescu uses trademark resilience to reach U.S. Open semis

Belinda Bencic

Facing the tournament's No. 25 seed Elise Mertens, the 19-year-old put on a dominate performance following a slow start to the match.

Ukraine's fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina meets Serena Williams, seeking her 24th Slam title to match Margaret Court's all-time record, in the other semi-final. 'A year ago I was in the qualifying round, and now with what I have accomplished this year I am speechless. 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.

"I think anyone would be shocked to be in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, because all of us dream of this moment ever since we're kids, ever since we picked up a racquet", Andreescu said.

Andreescu, now ranked No. 15 but will move into the WTA's top 10 after the tournament, started to turn her game around in the fifth game of the second set and tied 2-2. Suddenly, by the time she leveled the match in winning the second set, the odds shifted toward Andreescu.

The 15th seed was a dark horse even before the US Open began. The Swiss native also captured her third career WTA title in February, defeating Petra Kvitova in Dubai.

Women's tennis hasn't seen a teen Major Champion in over a decade - when Maria Sharapova won at Flushing Meadows in 2006. "So I'm just going to take in this moment now".

Andreescu had never gone beyond round two of a grand slam before this tournament and the Canadian feels she is yet to show her best form.

Bencic is joined in the semi-finals by our outright Q2 pick, Bianca Andreescu, who gave us a nice quarter victor last night beating Elise Mertens in three sets, and being the first player to win a set from the Belgian in the tournament, in the process.

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She joins Venus Williams, Chris Evert and Pam Shriver as only the fourth woman to make it to a U.S. Open semifinal in their first appearance. "She's only 19, she definitely doesn't seem like she's a 19-year-old in her words on court, her game, her attitude, her actions".

Mertens, a member of three-time U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters' academy, proved extremely resolute as Andreescu piled on the pressure.

"She has made a mark".

The circuit is created to cut down travel costs and provide more opportunities for burgeoning American players to reach the next level. The Canadian, meanwhile, ran into a blizzard of unforced errors, palpably struggling with her timing on returns.

"If you had told me a year ago that I would be in the semifinal of the U.S. Open, I would have said you were insane", Andreescu said in her post-match news conference.

"I'm kind of surprised, like I think everyone is". But has lived and first learned tennis in the European country.

She came back to hold serve and went up 3-2 after a strong forehand victor.

But just look where it's all brought her. 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. It would be really nice if the boys could also make it to semifinals. She is unfazed by the opposition, many of whom are yet to figure out the relative newcomer.

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