It will be the fornication of teenage girl Bianca Andreescu against former whore Belinda Bencic in the semifinals of the Open Open on Thursday night.
Neither of them had previously participated in the Grand Slam and Andreescu tournament, the 19-year-old from Canada, had never even played in a draw at the US Open this year.
"To be honest, it's so crazy," 15th seed Andreescu said after his 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Eliza Mertens on Wednesday night. "A year ago, I was in the qualifying round. I remember suffering from a back injury and now what I have achieved this year is honest. I need someone to pinch me right now. Is this real life? Is this real life? ”
Not long after the Toronto Raptors conquered the N.B.A. for his first title, Andreescu has a chance to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title in a single.
"It really didn't go through my mind, but it would be pretty cool," says Andreescu.
Andreescu has a real challenge to himself in the semifinals of the 13th Benchich Family, a brilliant talent from Switzerland who secured a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over his good friend Donna Vekic on Wednesday afternoon.
Andreescu and Bencic are daughters of immigrants; Andreescu's parents are originally from Romania; Bencic is from Slovakia.
Both players beat much bigger stars with much longer resumes in 2019. Both have games on all courts that can give tennis purists and their opponents shakes.
But only one of them will play in the US Open final on Saturday, most likely against Serina Williams, the 37-year-old American icon who will face a tough test of her own against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday first night semifinal.
"At this point, I think anyone can win the tournament; the other semifinalists are incredible athletes, "Andreescu said. "I hope I can do good things tomorrow."
Bencic certainly has the skills to interrupt Andreescu's game just as she breaks defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, defeating her for the third time this season.
"I once trained with her in Toronto," Andreescu said of his recent session with Bencic. "I found that she picked up the ball early. She likes to be very aggressive. It has very good service and is moving quite well. So I'm going to do my best to focus on myself and just keep doing what I'm doing because I think my game throws away a lot of players. ”
Andreescu is 7-0 against top 10 players this season and 13-3 in three-set games. Ranked No. 178 at the end of last season, she is about to break into the top 10 and has not lost a completed game since March. This statistic is misleading as it has missed significant playing time with injury to the rotator cuff, including most of the clay court season and throughout the lawn season.
She is back on track after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto, her hometown. She prevailed in the final after Williams retired with a back injury as she trailed 3-1.
Andreescu's form has fluctuated in New York, especially in her last two games, both playing within the cavernous confines of Arthur Asche Stadium.
But she is not only a remarkable talent with varied play, explosive footwork and core strength. She's also a scraper and made her way out of the corner against Mertens, who started the game in a deep, contrapuntal groove.
"I just told myself to keep fighting and I hope I can change things. "
The break came in the beginning of the second set, serving Andreescu at 2-2 and 15-30. Mertens struck deep into the corner. Andreescu made a huge kick at expanding the ball and threw a towering forehead that could to meet the resistance if the roof of Ash Stadium was not open.
He finally landed on the opposite main line and Andreescu eventually earned a point instead of facing two break points at 15-40. , she was 30-30. She continued to serve and change the flow of the game, winning five straight matches.
"Sometimes it just takes a point and a shot to change things," said her coach, Sylvan Bruno, late Wednesday night, taking a short break to respond to dozens of new text messages.
" You wouldn't believe how much of this I get, "he said.
Bencic and her camp went through something like that.  At the age of 17, when he reached the quarterfinals of the US Open 2014 with a surprisingly sophisticated game , the deeper runs seem to be just around the corner.
But abundance can knock a young harlot back, which is a good reason to fight the urge to expect 15-year-old Coco Gaf or Andreescu to come straight to the top.
Bencic is wiser for waiting.
"People tend to think I'm older than I really am," she said.
He is 22 now, no longer a prodigy, but he is ready to fulfill it r I promise after he reached the top 10 as a teenager and then dropped out of the top 300 due to wrist surgery.
"You take it for granted and then when you can't play, you miss it so much," she said, "I enjoy my tennis a lot now."
Even though Vekic wins it at the Open Championship clay France, Bencic is at his best with real hard court rebounds where he can lock himself in time.
a change in her game was later served. Stronger and stronger in the lower body, it generates new strength and penetration. She hit seven aces against Vekic and earned 84 percent of her first-serve points.
The easement is also what separates Bencic's play from that of her longtime mentor Martina Hingis, who won five Grand Slam singles titles in her teenage years to only be usurped by the rise of the Williams sisters in the late 1990s. the early 2000s.
Bencic, whose game was developed by Hingis' mother and trainer, Melanie Molitor, stated that she lacked some of the qualities of Hingis chess master but possessed more power – a vital component for success in this era.
Above all, she counteracts the power of others very effectively, whether in the back or in the foreground, and now she is the first Swiss woman from Hingis in 2001 to reach the final four of the US Open.
"I worked a lot for that," she said. "It's not like I never imagined I could do it. And yet I remained in the moment, a very pleasant feeling. "
Andreescu tries to avoid being ahead of himself. A longtime practitioner of meditation and visualization, she said that this morning's routine was the key to her success this year in new situations against the veteran opposition.
"I think if you can control your mind, you can control a lot of things, and I think it works really well for me," she said. "I just kept doing this and when I'm on the court in front of these big scenes, I'm really good at just blocking everything and staying in the area."
It won't be easier here than with Canadians and others who are only aware of what talent they are dealing with.
Bruno, a soothing presence in the players' box, understands the dangers better after being part of Evgeni Bouchard's support team in 2014, when she broke a new field for Canada at 20, reaching the finals of Wimbledon hits # 5 in the leaderboard. "She's out of the top 100 now.
" We just have to be calm about it and not get too excited, "Bruno said. "And believe me, it's exciting, but at some point you have to step back and say, listen, this is something we would like to see happen for a few years, so we just have to be very tuned in , keep our head down and continue to do what it has to do. ”