NEW YORK, NETRALNEWS.COM - Canadian women's tennis player Bianca Andreescu is the first teenager to become a semifinalist in the US Open in the last decade after winning againts Belgian opponent Elise Mertens. Andreescu will will meet Belinda Bencic for a place in the final.
As quoted from the official website of the WTA, the 19-year-old 15th seed came back from behind to overcome Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reached her first semifinal at the US Open. Earlier, 13th-seeded Bencic defeated Croatian 23rd seed Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, also to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.
"I'm honestly speechless. I need someone to pinch me now. Is this real?" said Andreescu.
Serena Williams, who is pursuing the title of the 24th Grand Slam to match Margaret Court's all-time record, faces Ukraine's fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the other semifinal.
Andreescu, this year's champion at Indian Wells and Toronto, is the first teenager in the last four of the US Open since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.
She was praised when she faced the test in her victory, with Andreescu's composure to fight back after losing the opening set against an opponent who had not yet lost a set in the tournament.
"I think this is just the experience of playing big events this past year," Andreescu said. "All that experience is just catching up."
Andreescu could be the first teenager to win the Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova won it at the 2006 US Open, and she will be the youngest US Open champion since Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004 if she wins the tournament.