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US Open: China’s Yibing Wu extends win streak to 15, faces Medvedev next

China’s history-maker Yibing Wu defeated Nuno Borges 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to set up an intriguing showdown against world No 1 Daniil Medvedev at the US Open

Yibing Wu at the 2022 US Open in New York Yibing Wu at the 2022 US Open in New York Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

China’s qualifier Yibing Wu continued his impressive run of form in recent weeks by scoring his 15th win in a row on Wednesday to defeat fellow qualifier Nuno Borges in five sets and advance to the third round of the US Open in New York.

Wu came from two sets to one down to beat Portugal’s Nuno Borges 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to improve to 32-4 for the season.

Yibing Wu is breaking new ground for Chinese men’s tennis on the international stage

He had earlier defeated 31st seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, of Georgia, (6-3, 6-4, 6-0) in the opening round at Flushing Meadows. That made him the first Chinese male player to win a match at the US Open in the Open Era and the first to win a Grand Slam match in over six decades.

The Chinese player won back-to-back ATP Challengers in July and then won three matches in qualifying before his two main draw wins this week.

The 22-year-old Wu won the junior boys singles and doubles title at the US Open in 2017 to become the first Chinese man to win a Grand Slam title of any kind and also topped the ITF world junior rankings soon thereafter.

The win sets up a clash against world No 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who scored a straight sets win over Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

US Open, New York (Grand Slam), other second-round results

  • Nick Kyrgios (23) beat Benjamin Bonzi: 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
  • Tommy Paul (29) beat Sebastian Korda: 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Marton Fucsovics: 7-6 (3), 5-7, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (3)
  • Casper Ruud (5) beat Tim van Rijthoven: 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Daniel Elahi Galan (Q) beat Jordan Thompson: 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • J.J. Wolf (WC) beat Alejandro Tabilo: 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
  • Matteo Berrettini (13) beat Hugo Grenier (LL): 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7)
  • Andy Murray beat Emilio Nava (WC): 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0
  • Corentin Moutet (LL) beat Botic van de Zandschulp (21): 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Pedro Cachin beat Brandon Holt (Q): 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6)
  • Alex De Minaur (18) beat Cristian Garin: 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
  • Pablo Carreno Busta (12) beat Alexander Bublik: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
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