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Hit her first Grand Slam semi-final and switzerland’s Belinda Bencic place friendship aside to defeat the Donna Vekic of Croatia in the US Open.
The 13th seed, that knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka in the last round, won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 from her good friend.
She will confront Elise Mertens or Bianca Andreescu next.
The 22-year-old will return to the top 10 of the world rankings for the very first time in over three years.
Earlier injuries and wrist surgery left her reduced as 328th she reached a career-high seventh in February 2016.
“I dreamed of this like a little child so now that I’m here I am actually loving it,” explained Bencic, that ended a last-minute wait to improve her previous best Grand Slam showing of a US Open quarter-final.
Got the best of her partner that was hitting this time around in a game full of baseline rallies.
Vekic, 23, had her chance at the first place, where she broke in the ninth game but didn’t serve it with it eventually going to some tie-break, which Bencic took charge of.
The Swiss broke twice when Vekic hit a forehand wide, sealing victory.
The pair shared a warm embrace in the net and Bencic was confident their friendship could survive.
“We’re both professional enough to become friends from the court and aggressive on the court,” Bencic said. “I think we did well. I am sure off the court we’re friends still.”
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