Belinda Bencic and Shuai Peng will meet in the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open.
Belinda Bencic has been one of the great stories of this year’s tournament, reaching the quarters at the young age of 17. Bencic’s most impressive victory yet was a two-set win over the highly favored Jelena Jankovic. In the victory, Bencic won 93 percent of her net points, hit 30 winners and won 60 percent of her break point opportunities. Belinda Bencic is a young girl with a monster game who just needed some confidence, and she’s gotten just that by taking over headlines with this improbable run in her first year of participating in majors. Although Bencic wasn’t at her best in New Haven, Cincinnati or Istanbul, nobody can’t say she doesn’t deserve to be where she’s at with the solid, solid tennis she’s played leading up to this match.
Shuai Peng has also been a surprise at this year’s US Open, having yet to drop a set and recently upsetting Lucie Safarova. Peng has lost no more than seven games in all four of her matches, which is important considering she’s also still alive in doubles as well. Fatigue is a factor once you make it to this point. In Peng’s recent victory, she produced nine aces, won 80 percent of her first serve points and wasn’t broken once. Shuai Peng is hitting the ball extremely well and limiting her errors to the point she had just seven unforced errors in her last match. This is also the furthest Peng has ever been in a grand slam despite turning 28 year’s old in January. Whether it’s doubles or singles, Peng is probably playing her best tennis of her career right now and is certainly hungry for more success.
This will be the first time these two have ever played.
While the story of Belinda Bencic is sweet and all, it’s hard to ignore the experience Shuai Peng has over her. This kind of reminds me of the CiCi Bellis situation, and I wonder if the pressure is going to be too big for her as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Bencic continued her run, but the smart money should be going on Peng.