US Open: Bianca Andreescu edges Belinda Bencic to reach final
Andreescu celebrates a point in her semifinal win/Photo: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images via Zimbio

US Open: Bianca Andreescu edges Belinda Bencic to reach final

The Canadian won a close first set before recovering from a double break down in the second to advance to her first major final.

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John Lupo

A battle of first-time Grand Slam semifinalists at the US Open took place on Arthur Ashe Stadium as 15th seed Bianca Andreescu met 13th seed Belinda Bencic.

The result was a narrow 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory for the Canadian, who became the first woman from her country to reach the final in Flushing  Meadows as well as the first player born in the 2000's to play for a major title.

Andreescu took control of the tiebreak early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead and staged a memorable comeback from 5-2 down in the second set to book a date with Serena Williams in Saturday afternoon's final.

Andreescu fights past Bencic, advances to Saturday's final 

The first set was a case of Bencic holding all six of her service game with relative ease while Andreescu struggled in several of hers, needing to save multiple break points.

In the fourth game, she fended off two chances, winning the game with a cross court forehand, three more in the sixth, claiming the game with a drop shot and another in the tenth, sealing matters with an ace.

Andreescu powered through Bencic to reach the final/Photo:
Andreescu powered through Bencic to reach the final/Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images via Zimbio

The set would be decided in a tiebreaker, the Canadian jumping out to a 5-0 lead, aided by a double fault fron the Swiss on the opening point. Bencic pulled the deficit back to 5-3, but a pair of forehand errors clinched the set for Andreescu.

Bencic was quick off the mark in the second, breaking when the Canadian sent a forehand long. Andreescu saved another break point in the third game, but a long rally in which she hit into the net gave the Swiss a 4-1 double break lead. 

Bencic couldn't hold a double break lead in the second set/Photo: Chaz Niell/Getty Images via Zimbio
Bencic couldn't hold a double break lead in the second set/Photo: Chaz Niell/Getty Images via Zimbio

Breaks were then exchanged and Bencic served for the set at 5-2, but a barrage of winners got Andreescu closer. She held to put the pressure back on the 13th seed at 5-4. Amazingly, the set was back on serve after Bencic double faulted on break point.

Andreescu held for her first lead of the set and after three match points on Bencic's serve, she powered a deep forehand that the Swiss could not get back to advance to Saturday's final.

"I've always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid", Andreescu said in her post-match interview. "But I don't think many people thought it would actually become a reality. I just kept believing in myself.

"But I think that moment after match [point won], I was just in shock. At the same time, I fought really hard to get to this point, so I really think I deserve to be in the finals on Saturday."

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