New York: Melanie Molitor, who coached her 16-year-old daughter, Martina Hingis, to her third Grand Slam title at the 1997 U.S. Open, has now brought Belinda Bencic, 17, into the fourth round of the tournament.
Bencic scored the first top-10 victory of her young career Friday, beating sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the second week. Bencic will make her debut in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Sunday's night session, taking on No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic, a Serbian veteran 12 years her senior.
"It feels great," Bencic said after beating Kerber. "It was always my dream to beat a top-10 player and to play on a big court. So I'm really satisfied with how I played, but now I cannot be happy. I will be more motivated to work even harder."