First ever slam QF for Bianca. :aparty:
Yes, with the right coaching and training she could easily be a top 50 mainstay for years.For a moment I thought Pam was going to go "Wickmayer!" on Mertens -- "Mertens next. You're in a half with a lot of opportunities." Never change, Pam.
I hope Taylor finds a coach that can really support her specific talents. And being a bit leaner would allow her to stay in rallies a bit more, she wouldn't be pressured to go for too much too soon. Her weaknesses and strengths were both on display tonight.
lol she does walk a fine line between confidence and arroganceVery interesting match. It had a little bit of everything from Bianca - lots of moments of brilliance, some inexplicable lulls, third set histrionics, stomping around the court. She will probably make the final but she will not beat Serena (barring a Serena choke :facepalm: ) if she plays like this. Too many ups and downs.
Serve and volley heinously ineffective - Bianca exposing how basic Halep was and Taylor was less clutch with volleys tonight. She stopped coming in nearly as much in the second and third sets, but still came in too much in the last set. Up 40-15 in two service games, attempts to serve and volley - which she literally won like 2/20 times she attempted in the match - and lost the point and then the game. That being said, she did put up a GREAT fight and make a really good adjustment to win the second. She had her chances in the third set as well. If Townsend can string it together more often - she really can be at minimum a Top 30-40 player. She was going toe to toe with Andreescu at the baseline at many times in the second and third - even the flat out outhitting her at times- and that is not something a lot of players can do. She has a lot to work with - just needs to take confidence from this run and play more often!
Also - am I the only one who is rubbed the wrong way by all of Andreescu's interviews? She always says nice things but I feel like there is something weird and affected about the way she talks. I feel like it's a really egotistical bratty but smart person who knows what a genuinely nice person would say and spits it out... maybe I'm wrong, but yeah not my favorite.