Marino celebrates

Photo: Martin Sidorjak

Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino scored one of the biggest wins of her career on Wednesday in Flushing Meadows, New York. The 31-year-old defeated Daria Singur of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6(5) to reach the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in her career.

Marino controlled the match from start to finish, securing early leads in both sets and never looking back. She needed just 21 minutes to claim the opening set on the strength of two service breaks and some powerful groundstrokes.

Marino got the early break in the second set as well but faltered when she served for the match at 5-4, throwing in a double fault when facing break point. She regrouped nicely to win the tiebreak and secure a straight sets victory in a little more than an hour.

The Canadian hit 13 aces and won 74% of her first serve points in the match. With the win, Marino advances to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2011 when she reached the same stage at Roland-Garros and Marino also now has 40 wins on the season.

She will next face world no. 36 Shuai Zhang of China who owns one WTA title this year and three total in her career.

The Canadian contingent at the U.S. Open remains undefeated as Bianca Andreescu, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Leylah Annie Fernandez will look to join their compatriot in round three later this evening in New York. You can watch the matches on TSN and RDS.