Posted on October 18, 2022 at 3:53 p.m.
(Photo: Tennis Canada)
Bianca Andreescu is back.
Knocking out higher-ranked opponents in impressive fashion at the start of tournaments, as she did yesterday (October 17) in Mexico, has become somewhat common this year for the 22-year-old tennis star from Mississauga.
However, she struggled to bring her ‘A’ game to the court later in tournaments, against lower-ranked and higher-ranked opponents.
Andreescu, who fell two rungs on the ladder (currently No. 57 to No. 59) in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings after being ousted in the round of 16 last week at the San Diego Open , easily beat WTA No. 36 Jil Teichman (Switzerland) 6-2, 6-4 in Monday’s first round at WTA 1000 Guadalajara in Mexico.
The Mississauga native won 61 percent of her first-serve points in the match, which lasted 80 minutes.
Andreescu will next face tonight (October 18) at 6 p.m. in the Round of 16, her WTA No. 21 opponent Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic).
She remains in search of a tournament victory as she seeks to return to the top of the women’s singles standings.
In his bid to get back to the top of the rankings, Andreescu has struggled to find consistency in his game this year – sometimes showing glimpses of the talent that helped him win a stunning US Open title in 2019 while losing at other times to lower ranked players. opponents.
She has struggled since 2019 and has fallen to her current No. 59 ranking after climbing to No. 48 last month at the US Open.
Last week’s action in San Diego marked the Mississauga athlete’s first legal action since being ousted in the third round of the US Open in New York in early September.
Andreescu continues her roller coaster journey towards what she hopes will be a top WTA ranking once again. She reached No. 4 in the world after bursting onto the scene with her stunning title at the US Open in New York in 2019.
After his successful results in 2019, Andreescu faced tougher times soon after. For about two years, she struggled with injuries, a bout with COVID-19, and mental health issues.
She hasn’t played at all in 2020.
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