With a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 4 seed Emily Appleton, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has secured her spot in the Australian Open semifinals for the first time.
— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) January 26, 2017
In the first set Andreescu jumped up to hit a backhand and passed Appleton at the net. That was a sign of great things to come from the No. 7 seed. Even a 30 minute rain delay in the second set could not cool down her hot streak.
The Canadian broke Appleton’s serve 4 times in their quarterfinal match that lasted 1 hour and 12 minutes. Andreescu won 83 per cent of her first serve points and 74 per cent on her second serve. Andreescu did not face a single break point in the match. Awaiting her in the semifinals will be No. 1 seed Rebeka Masarova.
Heading in to the semifinals, Andreescu has spent just over 4 hours on court (roughly one hour per match). The 16-year-old has not dropped a set in her quest for a first Grand Slam title. Her best previous result was the semifinals of the US Open in 2016.
The day in Melbourne wasn’t done for Andreescu after singles. She was also in junior girls’ doubles action with Carson Branstine later on Thursday. The No. 3 seeds defeated McNally/Subhash in the semifinals 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. The Canadian-American pair will now play Maja Chwalinska and Iga Swiatek in the final.