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Belinda Bencic, 17, defeats No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic

Belinda Bencic reacts after taking the first set

Belinda Bencic reacts after taking the first set in a tiebreaker during her fourth-round women's singles match against Jelena Jankovic on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. at the U.S. Open. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, the 17-year-old protégé of Grand Slam champ Martina Hingis, beat No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic Sunday night to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. She overcame a stuttering start to defeat Jankovic, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Jankovic had a chance to serve out the first set, but Bencic broke her twice, then took the tiebreaker. Bencic seemed to get stronger as the match -- 2 hours and 2 minutes for two sets -- wore on before a thin but enthusiastic crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "It was a dream to always play on this court since I was a child," Bencic said in an on-court interview. "Everything is so huge and I had to get used to it."

Bencic, who eliminated No. 7 seed Angelique Kerber in the third round, is the youngest player remaining in the main draw.

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