American Townsend rushes net to Open round of 16

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 01, 2019 08:01 AM
American Townsend rushes net to Open round of 16
Taylor Townsend, of the United States, reacts after scoring a point against Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, during round three of the US Open tennis championships Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Townsend keeps coming to the next and keeps winning, beating Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the U.S. Open round of 16 for the first time.

Townsend, an American qualifier ranked No. 116, advanced further than she's ever gone before in a Grand Slam by doing what she does best: serve and volleying, chipping and charging, and coming forward. She came to the net 75 times, winning 47 of those points against the 106th-ranked Cirstea.

Townsend came to the net 106 times in her three-set, second-round upset of Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, the No. 4 seed.

Townsend advances to play 15th-seeded Bianca Andreescu.

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