Wu Yibing becomes first Chinese man to reach the US Open third round since 1881
Wu Yibing and co-commentator Jack Sock, right, talk on their way to the US Open third round with a team of reporters (TPG Photo/Shaun Parker)
By Shaun Parker and John Kucera
on May 3, 2018 3:44 PM
China’s Wu Yingbing made history Thursday with his first ever round at the US Open, as the 16-year-old beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-1. The feat came in the fifth round as Wu, the Chinese qualifier, reached yet another milestone in his young career.
Wu, who turned 17 last week, became the first man born after the 19th anniversary of the 1976 Open to make the third round of the US Open before the tournament began. Wu, a native of the Fujian province of China, became the only Chinese in the Open’s history to break into that third section of the draw.
Wu beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the first round on Wednesday. He will next face Kevin Anderson in the fourth round, with the winner to meet Djokovic for the second straight year at the US Open. At this year’s US Open, Wu, who stands 5-foot-6 and tops out at 135 pounds, is the first Chinese man to take part in the men’s draw.
“The first day was very nice, but it was disappointing the second day because I made my first round,” Wu said on the court just before reaching the locker room. “Today was good. I beat the No. 12-ranked player today, which was very good. I learned a lot. Every tournament is different. It’s hard until you really make it.”
Wu, who was in a tight match with fellow Chinese star Li Na, was not about to rest on his laurels.
“This is my first round,” Wu said. “Next time, I’ll try hard