(August 29, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Another upset on the women’s side of the US Open on Friday when 17-year-old former top junior Belinda Bencic stunned No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1, 7-5 to reach the round of 16. Kerber was a 2011 US Open semifinalist.
The Swiss has been by both Martina Hingis and her mother.
Benicic spoke about her relationships with Hingis: “I’m practicing by her since I’m a little kid, so she knows me really well. I have never practiced by someone else, so I’m really believing in this way. It’s working great, and always when we are back home I am practicing with her.”
Bencic saved five set points against her in the second set and rallied from 2-5 down to shut down the match.
“It feels amazing,” Bencic said. “I played a really good match right from the start, and then I had a little bit timeout in the second. But I’m happy that I came back. It’s amazing that after last year I played juniors here, and this year I’m in the fourth round. So it’s incredible.”
This is Bencic’s debut at the US Open and she’s made it to the second week. She’ll play 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic for a place in the quarterfinals.
“I think she’s really good, and I looked up to her a lot,” Bencic said of Jankovic” So I just hope it will be a good match.”