NEW YORK, NY, USA - 18-year-old Ana Konjuh notched the biggest win of her career under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, taking out World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach her first ever Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, 6-4, 6-4.
"I'm just really happy," Konjuh grinned in post-match press. "I played her in Wimbledon. It was a tough match. This time I took opportunities. You know, I was just going for it. It was the key of the match."
The Croat shook off a shaky start, going down an early break before she found her footing in her debut match at Arthur Ashe. Despite the initial nerves, Konjuh quickly acclimated to the big stage, digging out of a 2-0 deficit and grabbing the break right back, working the court open with vicious angles from her forehand and backhand.
Her aggressive, crafty tennis proved frustrating to Radwanska, who hit 13 unforced errors - a high figure for the usually stingy player - to just nine winners. Konjuh attacked the vulnerable Radwanska serve and claimed the decisive break at 4-3, managing to out-drop shot Radwanska and beat her at the baseline. She took the match after breaking in the ninth game of the second set, and serving out the biggest win of her career.
"Maybe there was one or two chances," Radwanska said after the match. She converted just one of three break opportunities. "Then I didn't really hold my serve. I didn't serve good enough."
"Then, well, I'm here not as a winner."
The 18-year-old Croat won the US Open girls' title back in 2013, and then two years later became the WTA's youngest title winner in almost a decade when she captured the Nottingham title. Now, despite a season marred by injury, she's one match away from the semifinals.
"It's really a privilege for me to be here, just playing for the finals," Konjuh said. "I'm 18.I won the juniors here. I have good memories. I love the city. I'm just really happy just to have this chance."
? WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 6, 2016