April 14, 2024

Open Court


Another upset for Canadian Andreescu

WASHINGTON – Backing up a three-set win over Camila Giorgi in her first career WTA Tour main-draw match, Canadian Bianca Andreescu went one better Thursday at the Citi Open.

The 17-year-old, who received a wild card into the event, upset No. 2 seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals.

Andreescu was down a break, 0-2, to start the match. But she won six games on the trot to take the first set. Unfortunately – and quite helpfully for the rookie – there was not much resistance from Mladenovic. The Frenchwoman is the No. 13 player in the world.

Andreescu is the first 21st-century kid to beat a top-20 player. She was born June 16, 2000.

Here’s what it looked like:

In a perfect Canadian tennis world, Andreescu would have played top Canadian Genie Bouchard in the Friday quarterfinal.

But Bouchard went down 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to Germany’s Andrea Petkovic a little earlier in the day. So Andreescu will play …Andrea.

Andreescu learned on Wednesday that Maria Sharapova was withdrawing from her hometown Rogers Cup. The wild card given to Sharapova was now available, and Tennis Canada chose to give it to Andreescu.  

The Rogers Cup qualifying, for which Andreescu already had a wild card, begins Saturday. The WTA Tour rules would allow for her to delay her first-round match to Sunday, and play a second match that day if she won.

Now, it’s a moot point.

Late-night doubles on Court 3

Torrential rains and thunder hit the D.C. area during the dinner hour. That resulted in major delays in getting the matches on.

Bouchard’s doubles match with Sloane Stephens was postponed to Friday. But those two already are eliminated from the singles. Not the case with Andreescu, so she and partner Louisa Chirico had to go out and play.

Theoretically, had Andreescu’s doubles match been postponed, she would have singles, then doubles Friday. And if she and Chirico won, a third match in the same day.

They started just after 10 p.m., and lost 7-6 (1), 6-3 to Jocelyn Rae and Jessica Moore. Andreescu and Chirico led the first set 5-2.

Before going out for the doubles, Andreescu came in to do an impromptu press conference that had originally been scheduled afterwards.

She was already dressed and ready.

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