The semi-finals for the 2019 US Open are all set for Thursday night after the quarter-finals from the top half were played out on Wednesday. Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu will joined Serena Williams and Elina Svitolina in the last four. I think it’s an exciting semi-final line-up! Read on for the highlights from day 10 of the 2019 US Open.
Match reviews 🎾
(13) Belinda Bencic d. (23) Donna Vekic, 7-6(5) 6-3
In the first of Wednesday’s quarter-finals, Belinda Bencic edged a tight two setter against Donna Vekic to reach her maiden Slam semi-final. The first set really could have gone either way. Vekic served for it, Bencic had a set point and then it was the latter who held her nerve in the tiebreak. Bencic played a poor game to drop her serve at 4-4 in the first set with a pair of double faults and a misjudgement moving forward on a forehand on a game point. The Swiss player appeared frustrated with movements in the crowd but she quickly refocused with a super return game to immediately break back.
I thought Bencic returned much better from that point onwards and she was always able to rely on her first serve as she won 32 of 38 points behind it. The serve has been a big improvement this year. All in all, a landmark tournament for Vekic who continues to make steady strides on tour. The top 20 is in sight and she should crack it during Asia.
While I was sleeping… 😲
Bianca Andreescu extended her winning streak to 11 with a three set win over Elise Mertens, 3-6 6-2 6-3. Andreescu has won her last 12 three set matches! What a run 👏.
Stat watch 🔢
Incredible stat highlighted from the Toronto Rogers Cup Twitter page – their last four champs are this year’s US Open semi-finalists!
Handshakes and hugs 🤗
Lovely moment at the net between Bencic and Vekic.
LOL moment 🤣
Press highlights 📰
Bencic’s quarter-final press conference is linked below.
Recommended media 📺
Andreescu’s post-match interview is linked below. Is this real life?!
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
The semi-finals will both be played on Thursday night. Who you got for the final?!