Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada returns a shot towards Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in a primary spherical match on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis event at USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart. Obligatory Credit score: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports activities
September 1, 2021
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu overcame abdomen ache and a stiff problem from Viktorija Golubic to advance 7-5 4-6 7-5 into the second spherical of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, making her return to Arthur Ashe Stadium for the primary time since she gained the event in 2019, received all she might deal with from the Swiss within the almost three-hour affair on a scorching and humid evening in New York.
However the sixth-seeded Andreescu’s seven aces and punishing groundstrokes finally proved an excessive amount of for Golubic.
The Canadian yelled “Come on” and pumped her fist after Golubic despatched a forehand huge on match level to seal the win.
Few knew what to anticipate from Andreescu coming into the yr’s last Grand Slam event.
After defeating Serena Williams within the 2019 last, Andreescu’s 2020 Grand Slam marketing campaign was written off by harm and illness that included all the pieces from tearing the meniscus in her left knee to testing optimistic for COVID-19.
This yr, she has managed only one win at a Grand Slam event – a first-round victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu at this yr’s Australian Open.
That was adopted by first-round exits at each the French Open and Wimbledon.
“It’s positively emotional,” Andreescu stated in an on-court interview after the match.
“I didn’t play right here final yr and I truthfully didn’t play something in 2020. I’ve been struggling rather a lot this previous yr so for me, I’m simply fascinated about all these struggles and the way it’s all value it.
“Successful on this courtroom once more is simply unimaginable.”
Andreescu wanted a medical trip halfway via the second set to take care of an upset abdomen, however stated it turned out to be high-quality.
“My meals was simply rumbling in my abdomen and I felt like I needed to throw up, which is random as a result of I ate like, 5 hours in the past,” she stated.
“It was completely high-quality after a pair video games nevertheless it was somewhat robust.”
Subsequent up for Andreescu is a second spherical conflict with American Lauren Davis on Thursday.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Modifying by Kim Coghill)