While Bianca Andreescu remains the favourite to advance to the semi-finals from this section of the draw, it is wide open with all four players fancying their chances. Donna Vekic and Belinda Bencic play earlier in the day, with the winner going on to face Andreescu or Mertens. Andreescu already has two big titles this year and is developing a reputation as a big match player.
Having bamboozled several players on her way to the fourth round, the Taylor Townsend puzzle was finally solved by Andreescu. Townsend came to the net just 40 times in the three set match, likely wary of the Canadian’s ability to hit winners from anywhere. “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, I was missing more,” said Andreescu. “I just told myself to be more aggressive but also patient at the same time.”
Mertens didn’t get a day off as she was booking her semi final place in the doubles on Tuesday alongside Aryna Sabalenka. She won’t have minded too much with her fourth round win against Kristie Ahn coming with the minimum of fuss as she won 6-1 6-1. “I’m just trying to focus every time I step on court, just trying to look at point per point, I was trying to play aggressive, trying to improve myself. That’s probably the main key. Just try to focus throughout the whole match.” she said.
Andreescu can secure a spot in the top 10 for the first time with a win but is rightly expecting more than that, as most do of her. “Every tournament I go into, I want to win it. I expect a lot from myself. 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. This year has been the best year of my life so far. I’ve never felt this confident before.” she said. A double header of Mertens and Vekic/Bencic is very winnable for both players but a showpiece final between the Canadian and Serena Williams would be the stand out clash.
Prediction – Bianca Andreescu in straight sets