Belinda Bencic Becomes Youngest US Open Quarterfinalist since Martina Hingis

Round three and four of the US Open’s women’s singles tournament proved to be explosive for young Swiss rising star Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125).

On August 29th, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) and Belinda made their way to the court for what would one of the biggest matches for the 17-year-old Swiss rising star. Belinda boasted excellent court coverage, hitting at great angles, managing to overtake her opponent skillfully. Scoring 23 winners and converting five break points, Belinda won the match with a forehand winner in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5. She went on to meet number nine seed Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round, once again running away with an impressive victory. In the first set, Belinda saved three set points, taking the set into a tiebreaker. After seizing the tiebreaker, she went on to take the second set confidently. With Belinda claiming 30 winners, the match wrapped up in just over two hours, the score coming to 7-6(6), 6-3.

Between winning against both Angelique and Jankovic, this tournament marks the first time Belinda has defeated top-ten players—winning both matches in straight sets. Furthermore, she’s the youngest player to reach the US Open quarterfinal since her mentor Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125) won the US open in 1997.

This year’s US Open is proving to be a good one for YONEX players, so be sure to keep cheering them on!

YONEX at the US Open

YONEX is running a booth again at this year’s US Open, with fans lining up to meet their favourite players, and get their hands on our latest offerings.Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO)—who is now into the fourth round—and Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98) had an autograph session at the booth over the weekend. Dozens of fans gathered to meet the two world-class talents, and posed for pictures with them. Big thanks go out to everyone who came, and we were happy to see so many fans leaving with giant smiles on their faces. With still a week left in the tournament, make sure to pay us a visit if you haven’t already!

Tournament Results [2014 US Open Days 5-7]

Women’s Singles [Round 4]

Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125)(SUI) def. [9]Jelena Jankovic(SRB) 7-6(6) 6-3

Men’s Singles [Round 3]

[3]Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO)(SUI) def. Blaz Kavcic (SLO)Walkover

[16]Tommy Robredo (ESP) def. Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98)(AUS) 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3

Women’s Singles [Round 3]

Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125)(SUI) def. [6]Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100)(GER) 6-1 7-5

[5]Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. [26]Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97POLYTOUR SPIN)(GER) 6-3 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3

Women’s Doubles [Round 2]

Zheng Jie (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR SPIN)(CHN)/Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) def. Coco Vandeweghe (EZONE Ai 98)/Alison Riske 6-7(2) 6-3 6-3

Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT, POLYTOUR SPIN)(JPN)/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def. [14] Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) 6-3 6-2

Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO)(SUI)/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) def. [15] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-3 6-0

[2]Su-Wei Hsieh (RDS002 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 130, TOUR SUPER SOLID-X 125 (TPE)/Shuai Peng (CHN) def. Darija Jurak (CRO)/Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) 6-4 6-2

Zarina Diyas (KAZ)/Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) def. Renata Voracova (VCORE Xi 100)(CZE)/Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3 7-6(6)