Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu made it to her first US Open quarter-finals.As she has done for most of the 2019 tennis season, Bianca Andreescu kept winning Monday night at the U.S. Open.The 19-year-old Mississauga woman recently defeated Taylor Townsend becoming the first Canadian woman to make the quarter-finals.
To make the final eight the 19-year-old Canadian knocked off serve-volleying American Taylor Townsend. Andreescu beat Townsend by 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Andreescu, the 19-year-old from the suburbs north of Toronto, survived an openly hostile New York crowd and bounced back from a mid-match slip up to beat Townsend, the 23-year-old American who came into the match riding the best stretch of play in her professional career.
The final statistics were:
Andreescu: 5 aces, 8 DFs, 70% 1st serves in, 70% 1st serves won, 44% 2nd serves won, 79% returns in play, 6 of 13 break points won, 33 winners, 26 unforced errors.
Townsend: 4 aces, 2 DFs, 66% 1st serves in, 48% 1st serves won, 54% 2nd serves won, 73% returns in play, 3 of 8 break points won, 25 winners, 24 unforced errors.
“It wasn’t easy,” Andreescu said of the raucous crowd, “But I heard some Canadian fans here and there, which was nice, especially in tougher moments,” she said. “No, it’s not easy. I tried not to pay attention to that. It’s hard when it’s, like, everyone. I’m glad with how I managed to just keep my cool.”
“It feels awesome,” Andreescu said. ” I’ve been working and dreaming of this moment for a really long time, so it feels pretty damn good to be in the quarters here.”
“But the tournament’s not done yet. I expect a lot for myself. This year has been the best year of my life so far.”
Andreescu will face Elise Mertens for a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday. Mertens had a dominating performance of her own on Monday — much earlier Monday — with a straight-sets (6-1, 6-1) dismissal of American Kristie Ahn.
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