Bianca Andreescu advances to first Grand Slam semifinals

Bianca Andreescu advances to first Grand Slam semifinals

Matteo Berrettini of Italy advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal after almost four exhausting hours, edging Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5). She retired after the first round at French Open and didn't even play Wimbledon but has still won 31 of the 35 matches she has played this year and hasn't lost a completed match since March. She clinched the victory with a backhand victor, and then put her hands on her head in disbelief.

Despite Andreescu's numerous errors, Mertens's play can't be overlooked.

Yes, it is real life.

No one can blame her.

Bencic defeated Donna Vekic to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final, too. It marked her 11th consecutive victory.

Dropping that set, however, she gave herself a strong smarten-up scolding.

It was a day to savour at the US Open for Bianca Andreescu, who was barely able to believe she is a Flushing Meadows semi-finalist.

"She's still young, no pressure. That's maybe something she does very well".

I have Andreescu reaching the final in NY. She counts two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and New York Liberty star Kia Nurse among her growing legion of fans. That has been the defining feature of her year: victories over players who are much higher than her in the WTA rankings. Trailing 2-1, she ran off five of the next six points before eventually wrapping it up to improve to 10-2 in tiebreakers this season.

Drenched in sweat and taking swigs of water between points, Andreescu was beginning to flag on a humid NY evening, and looked in need of shortening her points.

"I saw that [Mertens] was picking on my backhand a lot, so I tried to go more down the line with my backhand so she can go back to my forehand, so I can use my forehand, because I like my forehand", Andreescu continued, with a smile. The 19-year-old's breakthrough season includes her first career WTA titles at Indian Wells and Toronto.

On one break point for Mertens, Andreescu attempted a backhand drop shot at the net but it fell short, going down 3-1 in the process.

"Williams produced her best performance in several years". I love you guys! "I was, like, playing one point good, then bad". I am really enjoying my tennis'.

All eyes may have been on Andreescu at the quarter-final match, but Coco was also getting some attention.

This spirit has played a huge role in her ascent. Then, as Andreescu later admitted during a post-match interview after she won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, at first she "wasn't playing my best tennis". "It's not over till it's over". "I think it gives me extra motivation to just keep striving and keep doing well". And exactly how long does Williams' match last?

Bencic said she has been impressed by the variation in Andreescu's game; Andreescu praised Bencic's serve and movement.

She isn't all that concerned about any of that yet.

Bencic has more wins over top-five and top-10 opponents than any other player on tour this season and has risen from 37th in world to start the year to 12th now. And no matter what, she's happy to be here.

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 kept that passion going". The other semifinalists are incredible athletes and tennis players. "She knows the crowd is going to be against her". "I just told myself to just stay calm and stick to the tactics, which I think really helped in the second and third sets".

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