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SportsBianca Andreescu gets prime-time slot for quarterfinals at U.S. Open

22:51  03 september  2019
22:51  03 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Canada's Bianca Andreescu reaches U.S. Open quarterfinals

Canada's Bianca Andreescu reaches U.S. Open quarterfinals Canada's Bianca Andreescu reaches U.S. Open quarterfinals

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NEW YORK — Bianca Andreescu is returning to prime time at the U.S. Open.

The Canadian teen tennis star will play in the evening draw for the second match in a row when she faces Elise Mertens of Belgium in a quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

This time, though, Andreescu will be in the early evening match, starting at 7 p.m. ET. On Monday, her match against American Taylor Townsend didn't start until about 10:30 p.m., and didn't end until early Tuesday morning after the preceding men's clash between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic went four sets.

On Wednesday, Nadal's quarterfinal will follow the Andreescu-Martens contest.

‘Unbelievable. She’s outstanding’: NHL stars cheering on Bianca Andreescu as she heads to Saturday’s U.S. Open final

‘Unbelievable. She’s outstanding’: NHL stars cheering on Bianca Andreescu as she heads to Saturday’s U.S. Open final CHICAGO—Emerging Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has captured the imagination of the Canadians stars of the NHL. “I follow a lot of tennis and being Canadian, I’m pretty proud of what she’s been able to accomplish, the performances she’s had,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. “She’s got a big final coming up. “There will be a lot of us cheering for her.” Andreescu, just 19, will face American superstar Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Saturday after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6(3), 7-5 late Thursday.

It marks the third match in a row for the 19-year-old Andreescu at the largest stadium at the facility. Arthur Ashe Stadium seats just under 24,000 people.

Andreescu, the No. 15 seed from Mississauga, Ont., is making her first appearance at the U.S. Open. She's the first Canadian man or woman to reach the quarterfinals of the final Grand Slam of the season in singles since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992.

Andreescu has rocketed up the rankings this year, winning tournaments just below the Grand Slam level in Indian Wells, Calif., and Toronto.

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Bianca Andreescu holds open practice in Montreal and gives back to the fans.
Cheers of "congratulations Bianca," "we love you Bibi" and "bravo Bianca" echoed through the court. "I'm here to encourage her. We're very proud of her," said fan Lorraine Jacmain. READ MORE: Canada’s Bianca Andreescu says meditation, visualization formed winning mindset Others were at the stadium to be inspired. "She's inspiring young kids like my kid and we're big fans from a long time ago," said François Turgeon. Andreescu is just coming off a major win at the U.S. Open Championship, defeating living legend Serena Williams.

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