Bianca Andreescu becomes 1st teen US Open semi-finalist in decade

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu became the first teen US Open semi-finalist in a decade defeating Belgium’s Elise Mertens to set up a battle with Belinda Bencic for a spot in the final.

The 15th-seeded 19-year-old from suburban Toronto rallied past 25th seed Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach a clash against fellow Slam semi-final debutante Bencic today. Andreescu, a winner this year at Indian Wells and Toronto, is the first teen in the US Open’s last four since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.

She could become the first teen to win a Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova captured the 2006 US Open and she would be the youngest US Open champion since Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004.

Serena Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces Ukraine’s fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the other semi-final.

The Hindu

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