Andreescu Advances To US Open Second Week

NEW YORK, August 31, 2019

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time with a straight-sets victory against former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the US Open.

The 19-year-old, who has won two titles in her breakout season at Indian Wells and Toronto, defeated the 2009 finalist 6-4, 6-4 on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. Andreescu capitalized on six of her 17 break point chances to seal victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

Andreescu is yet to lose a set on her main draw debut at Flushing Meadows and will take on US-American qualifier Taylor Townsend for a place in the quarterfinals. The World No. 116 edged past Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-5, 6-2 to also reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time.

 “I’m here now,” Townsend said, as quote on the US Open website. “We’re going to ride this train all the way.” 

Elise Mertens advanced to the last 16 for the second year in a row with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Andrea Petkovic of Germany. The 25th seed from Belgium, who was a semi-finalist at last year’s Australian Open, struck seven aces and 26 winners to advance in 72 minutes. Up next for Mertens will be US-American wild card entry Kristie Ahn, who beat Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 7-5.

No.26 seed Julia Goerges eliminated No.7 seed Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands with a 6-2, 6-3 win in one hour and 16 minutes. The 30-year-old German will next face Donna Vekic of Croatia, who took out Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-1.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia withdrew from her third-round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland with an acute viral illness. Bencic will advance to the round of 16 via walkover.