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Andreescu bothered, broken, not beaten at National Bank Open



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A palmful of drugs, a blood strain cuff, a woozy sinking to the knees, a second medical timeout smack in the midst of a tiebreak.

To not point out the eight exchanges of first-set breaks earlier than a tiebreaker.

Such had been the hazards navigated by Bianca Andreescu in her opening spherical win on the Nationwide Financial institution Open on Tuesday night over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

The champion right here in 2019 throughout her Roman candle season, the 22-year-old from Mississauga needed to dig deep, overcoming dizziness and who the heck is aware of what else beneath the evening sky at Sobeys Stadium, whereas her involved dad and mom seemed on. However Andreescu endured to emerge with the 7-6 (5), 6-4 determination.

It was a twisty, topsy-turvy, gutsy — and apparently vertigo-inducing — efficiency from Andreescu, who made use of her meditation breath-calming self-discipline to get via the two-hour-and-29-minute encounter.

That eventful first body alone, the place neither participant may assert service command, ran an hour and 25 minutes, with the unseeded Andreescu twice failing to safe set level in opposition to her Eleventh-seeded opponent, Russia’s No. 1 feminine participant. The Canadian lastly settled right down to prevail within the tiebreak.

Not that the serving switchbacks ended there. With the match on her racquet at 5-3 within the second set, Andreescu succumbed to a different break however instantly broke again to lastly nail down the win.

“Man, I don’t need to be dramatic,” a bodily and emotionally spent Andreescu advised the group in her on-court interview. “I actually didn’t really feel effectively. I don’t know what it was. Possibly a bunch of issues. I’m again right here, you understand, three years later, I’m taking part in in opposition to a extremely nice participant. Possibly I ate an excessive amount of earlier than the match …

“I’ve by no means felt like that.”

But her trademark will in the end propelled Andreescu to victory over an opponent contemporary off a dramatic comeback tour title in San Jose. “I’m simply so comfortable that I had that psychological toughness to get via in two units.”

Bianca Andreescu had some dizzy moments before downing Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (5), 6-4, on Centre Court at the National Bank Open.

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka, in the meantime, was pressured to retire with decrease again ache, down a set and 3-0 to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

The four-time Slam champion obtained remedy in a medical timeout halfway via the primary set after which once more earlier than the second body, earlier than informing the chair umpire that she was unable to proceed.

Osaka had come again from a break right down to power a gap set tiebreak and appeared to be OK, putting the ball onerous together with her signature torque, regardless of dropping the tiebreaker 7-4. However she grew to become visibly extra uncomfortable, calling it quits simply 10 minutes into the second set.

It was simply the 18th match Osaka, 24, had performed this season. She withdrew from Wimbledon final month with a left Achilles harm, a yr after skipping the All England Membership occasion throughout her much-discussed “psychological well being break.”

It was a one-and-done match as effectively for Emma Raducanu, the reigning U.S. Open champion. The 19-year-old Toronto-born Brit, seeded ninth, was eradicated by Camila Giorgi, the low-wattage defending titlist amidst all of the marquee names contesting this occasion. Unseeded and on a three-match dropping skid — Giorgi hasn’t gained a WTA 1000 match since her 2021 triumph in Montreal — the Italian, ranked twenty ninth on the earth, knocked off Raducanu 7-6 (0), 6-2.

Regardless of falling again a break 3 times within the opener, then failing to transform set level on Raducanu’s serve within the twelfth sport, Giorgi pressured the tiebreak and didn’t drop a single level. Trailing 2-0 within the second set, Giorgi rattled off 16 straight factors, securing the win on her third match level. She clobbered 31 winners in comparison with a mere three for Raducanu.

Giorgi has gained seven straight matches in Canada. “It’s all the time lovely to come back again right here to Canada. I like to play right here.”

Vancouver native Rebecca Marino, who simply made it again into the highest 100 for the primary time since 2012, fell to Chinese language teenager Zheng Qinwen 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Worth added leisure: Wild-card entry teenage sisters Leylah and Bianca Fernandez gained their opening doubles match over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-1. After which proud dad-coach Jorge grabbed himself a celebratory armful of daughters.

Rosie DiManno is a Toronto-based columnist masking sports activities and present affairs for the Star. Comply with her on Twitter: @rdimanno


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