Bianca Andreescu -15- (CAN) def  Elise Mertens -25- (BEL)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.
19-years-old. US Open main draw debut. US Open Semifinalist.
Three sentences you don’t often hear back-to-back unless you’re reflecting fondly on the career of a tennis great. Without a crystal ball, it’s hard to tell. But based on what young Bianca has been able to accomplish in the past 9-months, the 2019 US Open may be one of the foreshadowing footnotes of a remarkable career.
Let’s not forget, she won her first Grand Slam main draw match this January at the Australian Open. Since then, she’s captured 3-titles, including behemoths like Indian Wells and Rogers Cup. That’s nuts.
Meanwhile, her opponent Elise Mertens is also a potential Next-Gen halogen. In just two years, she’s been a force in both Singles and Doubles (see her biography below). In fact, to her credit, she’s still alive in the US Open Doubles draw with partner Aryna Sabalenka. They play their Semifinal Friday on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
NEXT:  Bianca Andreescu -15- (CAN) vs  Belina Bencic -12- (SUI)
Quarterfinal Biography |  Bianca Andreescu -15- (CAN)
Tonight, at just 19-years-old – in her US Open main-draw debut – she is competing in the Quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. Her breakthrough season began week-1, when as a qualifier in Auckland, she won 7 consecutive matches to reach her first career WTA Final. She went on to win her first Grand Slam main draw match at the Australian Open, won the titles in Newport and Indian Wells – and just last week, defeated 3 top-10 players to capture the title at the US Open Series event in Toronto. She started the year ranked outside the top-100, but arrived in New York as the World #15. From Ontario, Canada – Please welcome Bianca Andreescu.
▲ QF: def  Elise Mertens -25- (BEL) 36 62 63
▲ R4: def [Q] Taylor Townsend -116- (USA) 61 46 62
▲ R3: def  Caroline Wozniacki -19- (DEN) 64 64
▲ R2: def Kisrten Flipkens -110- (BEL) 63 75
▲ R1: def Katie Volynets -413- (USA) 62 64
Quarterfinal Biography |  Elise Mertens -25- (BEL)
In 2016, she reached the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time right here at the US Open. Since then, this 23-year-old has absolutely lit-up the WTA Tour in both Singles and Doubles. In just two years, she’s won 5 WTA Singles titles, 8 Doubles titles and qualified for the year-end Doubles Championship at the WTA Finals. A Singles Semifinalist at the 2018 Australian Open, earlier this year she reached her first Grand Slam Doubles Semifinal at Roland Garros – and last night on Louis Armstrong Stadium, became a Grand Slam Doubles Semifinalist again. Ranked as high as World #12 – last month, she climbed to a career-high Doubles ranking of World #4. Competing in her first US Open Singles Quarterfinal – and still alive in Doubles – From Belgium, please welcome Elise Mertens.
▲ R4: def Kristie Ahn -141- (USA) 61 61
▲ R3: def Andrea Petkovic -88- (GER) 63 63
▲ R2: def Kristyna Pliskova -82- (CZE) 62 62
▲ R1: def Jil Teichman -60- (SUI) 62 62
Head to Head
This was the first meeting between these two players.