Canadian Teen Bianca Andreescu Defeats American Qualifier Taylor Townsend to Reach US Open Final Eight
(September 3, 2019) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, seeded 15 reached her first major quarterfinal by stopping serve-and-volleying American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The Canadian’s big returns and passing shots took over the first set and shut down the net-rushing 23-year-old.
“I think I have pretty good passing shots in general. I’m glad that came out tonight,” Andreescu said.
In the second set, the American picked and chose her times to approach the net as more errors crept into Andreescu’s game and her second serve was failing her.
“I tried to just make her play as much as possible because in the second set, I felt like she was doing that to me,” said the Canadian 19-year-old. “I was missing more.
“I just told myself to be more aggressive, but also patient at the same time.”
It was back to business for the 15th ranked players, again dominating with her shots, while Townsend made many more errors.
“She doesn’t give you any rhythm whatsoever,’ noted the Canadian. “She’ll hit a flat ball, then a spin any ball a slice, she’ll come to the net. In those moments I just tried to keep up with her, make sure to put pressure right from the start of the point with my serve, with my return.
“I think I did that pretty well in the first and third set. That’s why I was winning the points. After the second set, that’s what I told myself, just to make sure I put my first serve in the court because I know she was going to attack my second serve. I double-faulted a lot, as well.
“Yeah, I think my return also helped me today a lot.”
Andreescu will play No. 25 Elise Mertens for a place in the final four.
“She takes the ball pretty early from what I’ve seen,” Andreescu said of her next opponent.” She tries to put pressure right from the start of the point. She’s pretty aggressive. I know she has a pretty decent serve, too. She fights really hard.
“I’m just going to go out there and play my game because it’s been working last couple months.”
It’s been a career year for the Canadian – winning Indian Wells and Toronto.
“Every tournament I go into, I want to win it. Yeah, I expect a lot from myself which I — yes, to answer your question. But I’m going to just take it match after match because I know I have a lot of tough opponents before I reach the final. I’m just going to enjoy this moment right now and hopefully I can win on Wednesday.”