Wu Yibing becomes the first Chinese player to reach the US Open fourth round since 1881

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Wu Yibing becomes the first Chinese player to reach the US Open fourth round since 1881

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Chung-Hwan Kim

Wu Yibing at the US Open

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HONG KONG — Wu Yibing, 22 years old, is already a world-class tennis player. This week he’s becoming the first Chinese tennis player to reach the US Open fourth round since 1881. His name has been mentioned as one of the top prospects by Chinese media and experts but he’s still a few years away from truly threatening the American pro scene.

Wu could become the “China answer” to Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl or Milos Raonic, the young South American pro who is currently the third-ranked player in the world. The Chinese tennis federation lists his height at 173 centimetres (5-4) with a height of 164 centimetres (5-6).

Wu has been training in the US for the last four years and he’s now playing in singles events at the highest level. He is ranked No. 15 in the world, and has won 10 out of 30 matches in singles. Of them, seven have been in the US Open’s top 10 — two in the quarter-finals and three in the third round. He won last year’s US Open in the first round, beating David Goffin in the final.

He is the first Chinese man to progress to the quarter of the Grand Slams.

“I am very satisfied, very happy, I achieved my dream, which was to play at the US Open and it’s a very long-awaited dream that I had,” he told AFP.

“I think when I am on the court I should play my best tennis, not just play to win, but also to please my fans. My tennis career has reached a stage when I can win the most important title there, which I haven’t accomplished yet.”

Wu hopes to be able to become more familiar with the playing surface and the court as he reaches a higher level, but he knows he has to do that on his own terms.

“I am quite nervous, but also quite excited. If I play like that it would make me

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