Bianca Andreescu upends former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at U.S. Open

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu defeated former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-4 in third-round play at the U.S. Open on Saturday in New York.

The 19-year-old Thornhill, Ont., resident needed one hour 33 minutes to defeat the No. 19 seeded and former world No. 1 Wozniacki at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Andreescu will face American Taylor Townsend in the fourth round. Townsend, who upset No. 4-seed Simona Halep on Thursday, defeated Sorana Cirstea earlier Saturday to advance to the U.S. Open Round of 16 for the first time.

Andreescu, the 15th seed at the final Grand Slam of the season, raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before Wozniacki stormed back to tie it.

WATCH | Andreescu moves on to the Round of 16:

Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu knocked off former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to reach the 4th round of the U.S. Open. 1:28

Both players struggled to hold serve in the 51-minute second set that featured seven combined breaks. Andreescu took control by breaking Wozniacki for a 5-4 lead, then held serve to win it.

“It means a lot, because this is my best result in a Grand Slam. I’m really, really pumped,” Andreescu said.

On paper, it wasn’t technically an upset, with Andreescu the higher-ranked of the two.

But Wozniacki has reached the U.S. Open singles final twice. And she has been a semifinalist on three other occasions.

Then ranked No. 152, Andreescu made her first big splash back in January when she upset Wozniacki — then ranked No. 3 — in the second round of the WTA Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wozniacki was the first top-10 player Andreescu had ever faced, and only the second ranked inside the top 20.

Remarkable season continues

Eight months later, now in the top 20 herself, the 19-year-old repeated that success.

“I think she played very well in January as well. I didn’t know her back then,” Wozniacki said. “Obviously she’s had a great year. A lot of the players know who she is. She’s made a mark. She’s won two big tournaments this year.

“I think if anything I wish I could have served better today. It wasn’t as easy with the sun, obviously for both of us. Otherwise I think she’s playing very well. She has a lot of shots in her game that she can pull out. I tried my best. I fought hard. That’s it.”

Andreescu improved to 39-4 on her remarkable season with the win. She also improved to 2-0 against Wozniacki.

Andreescu won their first career meeting in straight sets in a Round of 16 match at the season-opening tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.

Townsend, an American qualifier ranked No. 116, advanced further than she’s ever gone before in a Grand Slam by doing what she does best: serve and volleying, chipping and charging, and coming forward.

She came to the net 75 times, winning 47 of those points against the 106th-ranked Cirstea.

Townsend came to the net 106 times in her three-set, second-round upset of Simona Halep.

Gauff, 15, battles defending champ Osaka

American teenager Coco Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament has ended with a 6-3, 6-0 loss to defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.  

The 15-year-old Gauff has generated all sorts of attention already by making it to the second week at Wimbledon in July and becoming the youngest woman to win two matches at Flushing Meadows since 1996.

But in this much-hyped match under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium against the top-seeded Osaka, Gauff often looked exactly like what she still is: an immensely talented player who is still learning her way at tennis’ top level.

She served at up to 119 mph but also double-faulted seven times.

She overcame a slow start to get within 4-3 in the opening set but also then lost the last eight games.

Osaka’s advantages in age — she’s 21 — and experience — she is a two-time major champion — played a role. As did her on-target power, which resulted in a 24-8 edge in winners.

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