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Andreescu vs Townsend tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Andreescu to make first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 2 Sep 2019
  • Bianca Andreescu faces Taylor Townsend in the fourth round of the US Open
  • Andreescu vs Townsend is live from the US Open on Monday at 8.30pm local/1.30am BST
Bianca Andreescu (PA Sports)

Rogers Cup champion Bianca Andreescu looks for her tenth straight match win as she takes on qualifier Taylor Townsend for a place in the US Open quarterfinals.

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Bianca Andreescu and Taylor Townsend face off in the fourth round of the US Open, with the winner to make their first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam.

Andreescu’s rise has been so meteoric that despite the fact that this is only her fourth Grand Slam main-draw appearance, the Canadian was many people’s pick to reach the semifinals from this quarter – and she now looks like the absolute favourite to do so, with fourth seed Simona Halep having gone out at the hands of Townsend and Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova both failing to reach the fourth round either, meaning that the winner of Townsend-Andreescu will face wildcard Kristie Ahn or 25th seed Elise Mertens.

Andreescu seemed to relish her first appearance on Arthur Ashe Stadium (PA Sports)
It’s a huge opportunity for Andreescu, and she has so far shown no signs of flinching. The Canadian teenager hasn’t dropped a set on her way to the fourth round, beating wildcard Katie Volynets, Belgian veteran Kirsten Flipkens and two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki.

In terms of the strategic challenge posed, Flipkens was the most dangerous opponent but psychologically and emotionally, the match against Wozniacki was the big hurdle and Andreescu cleared it in some style. The former world no. 1 has struggled all year with her health and fitness in the wake of last year’s rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and it would be ludicrous to say that the player Andreescu faced was anything like peak Wozniacki, but the Dane nevertheless usually finds the best of which she’s capable in New York and she posed a stern challenge to Andreescu, particularly in the second set which saw seven breaks of serve as Wozniacki repeatedly came back from a break down. Wozniacki gave Andreescu every chance to lose her nerve, and given that this was her first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, against a much more experienced opponent, it would not have been surprising if Andreescu had done just that.

She didn’t, weathering an extremely frustrating second set and not allowing herself to get lost in her understandably negative emotions, continuing to go for her shots and accepting her errors, and won through 6-4, 6-4 in 93 minutes.

So much attention has been given to Coco Gauff that it feels like Andreescu – despite the hordes of Canadians who have been packing the courts whenever she’s been playing – has been a bit under the radar at this tournament. That should be about to change, but if the way she played against Wozniacki is any indication, it’s not going to be too much of a problem for the young woman who so far in her career has displayed an extraordinary facility for playing on the biggest stages – not just relishing the role of underdog in her surprise run to the Indian Wells title, but embracing the mantle of home favourite in becoming the first Canadian woman in 50 years to win the Rogers Cup.

Her experience of having played on Arthur Ashe Stadium should stand her in good stead as she prepares to face a very different opponent in the form of Taylor Townsend.

If Andreescu is a new name in the fourth round at the US Open, she was also very much expected to be there. Not so Townsend. An extremely talented junior who looked set for a brilliant career when she had a breakthrough run at the French Open in 2014, reaching the third round, Townsend’s pro career failed to live up to expectations to the point that Google’s most-searched question related to her is ‘Is Taylor Townsend still playing tennis?’ 

Taylor Townsend (PA Sports)
Over the past few years, Townsend has mainly given up playing outside the USA (although she still managed to hit a career-high ranking of world no. 61 last year) and had only won one main-draw Grand Slam match this year coming into the US Open. In fact, she hadn’t played a match since Wimbledon before playing her way through qualifying and into the main draw, where she stunned Halep in the second round in a memorable, exceptional performance.

Up against the experienced and hard-hitting Sorana Cirstea in the third round, Townsend went down an early break as her forays to the net were consistently punished by the Romanian. Townsend didn’t give up, but she did dial back her outright aggressive approach, being smarter and more cagey about when she attacked the net and backing herself from the baseline – a positive development. It got her a 7-5, 6-2 win over an increasingly outclassed Cirstea, and sets up an intriguing fourth round with Andreescu. The two have never played on the singles court, but did face off in doubles a few days ago, with Andreescu and Sharon Fichman losing in straight sets to Townsend and Whitney Osuigwe.

‘I'm going to go into it like I do every other match,’ Andreescu said. ‘Going to prepare like I always prepare. I played doubles against her actually yesterday. I kind of know what to expect. 

‘I know she loves coming to the net. She has incredible volleys. I'll for sure work on some passing shots tomorrow during my practice.’

I think Andreescu’s game stands her in good stead coming into this match up. She’s got power and attack, but she’s also not afraid of backing off and playing more cagily. Moreover, her experience of playing doubles against Townsend, and on playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium, should stand her in good stead. Townsend has been on a great run, but Andreescu looks set for a first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. 

Andreescu vs Townsend US Open tennis is live from New York on Monday at 8.30pm local/1.30am BST

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