NEW YORK – Taylor Townsend's fairytale run at her home grand slam, the US Open, continued on Saturday when the qualifier beat Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-2 for a place in the fourth round.
Two days after shocking former world number one Simona Halep, 116th ranked Townsend played aggressive serve-and-volley tennis again, coming into the net 75 times and winning the point on 47 occasions against the 106th-placed Romanian Cirstea.
Townsend is now one match away from a record-equalling quarter-final berth for a qualifier, with rising Bianca Andreescu the next opponent. Andreescu stopped former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-4, firing 26 winners to Wozniacki's 13.
"I played great but so did Caroline. It was super fun," said Andreescu who has big 2019 titles from Indian Wells and Toronto. "Everything is just clicking with me. I have been through a lot."
Also in the last 16 is 26 seed Elise Mertens as last year's Australian Open semi-finalist beat Andrea Petkovic, 6-3, 6-3, and is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows.