Posted on October 13, 2022 at 10:13 a.m.
Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu faces a tough test later today (October 13) in San Diego as she pursues what she hopes will be a successful climb back up the top rankings of the women’s tennis world.
Andreescu, 22, and ranked No. 57 in Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) play, will meet 18-year-old American Coco Gauff (WTA No. 8) in a round of 16 match at The Open from San Diego scheduled to begin at 3:45 a.m. EST.
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 should be at her best today against Gauff, the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The winner advances to Friday’s quarter-final. The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday and the final will take place on Sunday.
The two have never met before but both burst onto the tennis scene at almost the same time in 2019/20.
Since then, the Mississauga tennis star has struggled while Gauff has, by most accounts, lived up to the hype that surrounded him.
At least one sports website is predicting an upset in today’s match, picking Andreescu to win in three sets.
“The young Canadian at her best is almost unplayable on hard courts, as shown by her run in 2019,” wrote Last word on sports. “She will need that level here, however, as Gauff is in scintillating form this year and looks set to start racking up some big titles herself. Andreescu was sloppy at times in her last game but there were signs her best is coming back.
If that’s true, the analysis continues, “and she finds (the best) here,” she should be able to edge out the American in a close game.
Earlier this week, Andreescu beat Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round on Monday.
The victory over the talented Russian, WTA No. 23, propelled Andreescu into the round of 16. Samsonova had won three of her last four tournaments entering action on Monday.
Andreescu fell to No. 57 on the WTA ladder after climbing to No. 48 last month at the US Open.
This week’s game marks 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. The Mississauga tennis star rose to No. 4 in the world after bursting onto the scene with his 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.
Andreescu’s results so far this year have been mixed. She has come a long way in some tournaments, while unexpectedly retiring early in others. Along the way, she knocked out much higher ranked opponents before losing to less talented players.
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