Teenager Yanina Wickmayer has advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko at the U.S. Open.
The unseeded 19-year-old joins fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the semis and is guaranteed to face another teen — American Melanie Oudin or No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Ranked 50th, Wickmayer had never made it past the second round at a Grand Slam.
The game was never as close as the score would suggest, and despite the derision from the ESPN commentators providing the play by play, Wickmayer showed little sign of nerves or temper in her win. She demonstrated a great deal of composure, good point construction, and an excellent second serve. It was her serve which gave her the edge over Bondarenko.
If by some miracle, maybe be an injury or some other disaster,Oudin defeats Wozniacki in the other quarter final, there would be litle doubt that Wickmayer would beat the upstart American.
She rallied to win the last five games of the second set Wednesday to close out the 52nd-ranked Bondarenko of Ukraine.