Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Andreescu sees off Mertens in US Open last 8

Andreescu sees off Mertens in US Open last 8

The 25th-seeded Mertens was bidding for her second major semifinal, having lost in that round at the Australian Open in 2018. "But I think she played the best on them", Bencic said. "I tried to stay more aggressive than the first set, and I felt like I was missing a lot in the first set, as well".

Andreescu booked her ticket to her first Grand Slam final when Bencic sent a forehand into the net on match point to end the tense first-time encounter. And, so she did. She'll play for the title on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the greatest player in women's tennis history.

The 15th-seeded Andreescu trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games.

With a big game and a personality to match, Andreescu, 19, has quickly become a fan favorite in NY, and on tour.

Only a double fault ended her run of five straight points to start the shoot-out, giving Bencic brief hope.

The American superstar has won an Open era record 23 major championships, one more than the great Steffi Graf, and is ready to play in her 33rd major final. Soon, Andreescu closed out the two hour and two minute match with a backhand victor that whizzed past the dejected Mertens.

Andreescu, making her first appearance at the U.S. Open, is the first Canadian woman to reach the semifinals of the final Grand Slam of the season in singles since Carling Bassett in 1984. I'm going to try to bring my A-game, too.

Mertens is the only one of the four who has been beyond this stage of a Grand Slam. After all her just like the world No 1, the Canadian's first big title came at Indian Wells. But I heard some Canadians! "I've watched you your whole career, you're a f--ing beast".

The Mississauga, Ont., native finished with 40 winners and 33 unforced errors while Mertens had 22 and 27, respectively.

"To be in yet another final, it seems honestly insane".

"Well, I mean, I think anyone would be shocked to be in the semifinals of a Grand Slam, because all of us dream of this moment ever since we're kids, ever since we picked up a racquet", she said later. She played a more consistent set. I need somebody to pinch me.

"Is this real life?" she screamed to her box - that also had her dog Coco - after winning her quarter-final match.

Bianca Andreescu has become the first Canadian to reach a singles final at the U.S. Open, defeating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the semifinals on Thursday. "It's definitely not going to be an easy match", said Andreescu. 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. She's had an wonderful career so far.

"At this point I think anyone can win the tournament".

Chan and Venus advanced over fourth seeds Latisha Chan from Taiwan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 7-6 (3), 7-5, while Mattek-Sands and Murray beat third seeds Samantha Stosur of Australia and Rajeev Ram of the United States, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 5 Elina Svitolina vs. It was Williams' 100th U.S. Open win.

Who wins Svitolina vs. Williams and Andreescu vs. Bencic? "It's insane, it's insane", Andreescu said.

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