Canadian world No.15 Bianca Andreescu, who started the year ranked outside the Top 100, reached her first Grand Slam semifinal after recovering from a set down to defeat Elise Mertens of Belgium 3-6 6-2 6-3.
The 19-year-old Andreescu, seeded 15th, was frustrated by errors early on, as the 25th-seeded Mertens fired an ace to hold serve at love to win the first set. The fast-rising teen, who is now on an 11-match winning streak that dates back to the Rogers Cup title run, motivated herself before taking the court again and convincingly won the next two sets — serving well, reducing the number of mistakes and running to the balls — as her opponent’s unforced errors outnumbered her winners count.
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. I definitely think that I have fought really hard to get to this point, so I think I do deserve to be here and hopefully I can go all the way.
It’s hard to believe that this is Andreescu’s main-draw debut at the US Open!
In the semifinals she’ll face Belinda Bencic, who put friendship aside to beat Donna Vekic in the earlier quarterfinal on Wednesday. The other semifinal will be contested between Serena Williams and Elina Svitolina.
Mertens started strong, but this kid has a lot of fight in her. Andreescu and Bencic should be a good semifinal, like this quarterfinal was.