Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu, in the first round of the Grand Slam semifinals, will fight to compete for a place in the tournament final in New York.
Andreescu became the first teenage tennis player to reach the US Open semi-finals this decade, after winning against Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The player born in 2000 started in 2019 with a position outside the top 100, before winning two major titles at Indian Wells and Toronto to enter the top 15 of the world. 19-year-old girl owns circuit 11 wins, the longest on the WTA Tour at this time.
Andreescu’s strongest weapon is a heavy forehead hammer. In the match against Mertens, she had almost no chance to use it in the first set when Mertens repeatedly pressed left. “Mertens kept pushing me and I started to come up with the idea,” the Canadian tennis player recounted. “I started to play backhand along the line more, forcing her to move and cross the pitch towards my forehead. I think that was when the game changed.”
Before defeating Mertens, Andreescu overcame Caroline Wozniacki and Taylor Townsend in the next two rounds, on the journey to the semi-finals of the Grand Slam for the first time. Her opponent in the semi-finals is Belinda Bencic, one of the most comprehensive offensive players on the Tour. Bencic just lost a set from the beginning of the tournament and each of the world number one players Naomi Osaka in round 4.
In the quarterfinal against Donna Vekic, Bencic was led 4-5 in the first set but won the opponent’s serve to balance the score. The 22-year-old then won the first tie-break set before moving on with 7-6, 6-3. In the semi-finals of the US Open, Bencic returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2016.
Bencic is considered the heir to the former Martina Hingis star, the Swiss tennis player also possesses a lovely face and competes successfully in his career, with five Grand Slams and 208 weeks at number one in the world. Bencic has not reached the number one but is famous for the ability to beat a series of major competitors in his career. In 2019, she defeated seven players in the top 5 in the world, including three times before Naomi Osaka.