US Open: Wu Yibing becomes first Chinese to reach US Open third round since 1881


At every stage of this year’s US Open, Wu Yibing has made history.

No Chinese had ever reached the main draw of the US Open in the Open era until Wu and compatriot Zhang Zhizhen qualified for this year’s tournament last week.

Wu then became the first Chinese to win a singles match at any Grand Slam for 63 years with a 6-3 6-4 6-0 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.

By defeating fellow qualifier Nuno Borges 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday in a four-hour thriller, the 22-year-old also became the first Chinese since 1881. to reach the third round where he will face the no. 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev on Friday.

The last man from China to reach the third round of any Grand Slam was Kho Sin-Khie at Wimbledon in 1946.

“I think if there is a first time, there will be a second time, a third time. I am happy to be the first man to make history,” Wu told reporters.

“But most importantly [thing] This brings hope to all Chinese fans and kids so that we can have more great players in our country, which I think we should have had a long time ago.”

Wu confirmed his status as a rising star in the men’s game in 2017 at the US Open when he became the men’s singles champion.

Wu knocked out the No.  31st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round on Monday.

Since that win, Wu has played in few international tournaments due to back, shoulder, wrist and elbow injuries, as well as travel restrictions in China caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The U.S. Open Junior US Open: Wu Yibing becomes first Chinese man to reach the US Open third round since 1881 It really gave me the confidence that I can also play tennis in the men’s world,” she told reporters. [I] he was unlucky, he hurt me a bit.

I am happy to continue playing and enjoying tennis. I think this is very good. I can maintain my passion for tennis even though I was in a lot of pain. I don’t think that’s easy to do, but I’m glad I did it.”

On the ATP Challenger Tour, the level below the ATP Tour, Wu has begun to rebuild this year, winning three tour titles and catapulting from the No. 1869 to a career high of world no. 173.

“There is no time for celebrations yet,” he said. “I have a tough opponent in the next round. That’s my mentality. I’m here to play the tournament. When the tournament is over, we have parties, but not during the tournament.”

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