Mississauga tennis star fails to advance past top Russian at Australian tourney


Published January 4, 2023 at 9:54 am

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Mississauga native Bianca Andreescu was ousted from the Adelaide International tennis tournament in Australia earlier today (Jan. 4) with a 4-6, 0-6 loss to top Russian Veronika Kudermetova.

Andreescu, 22, ranked No. 46 in  Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) play, kept things close in the first set of the round of 16 match before dropping the second set in decisive fashion to Kudermetova, 25, the tournament’s No. 4 seed and WTA No. 9.

In last Saturday’s opening round, the Mississaugan shook off early struggles to defeat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 0-6, 7-6, 6-1. Muguruza, 29, has won two Grand Slam events over the years.

After dropping the opening set on Saturday, Andreescu fell behind 2-5 in the second set before gathering herself and staging a comeback.

The Canadian is now 3-0 in head-to-head action against Muguruza, a former top-ranked player.

The tournament concludes on Sunday (Jan. 8).

With her most recent loss, Andreescu, a Grand Slam champ herself thanks to a stunning U.S. Open victory in 2019, has experienced another bump in the road in her comeback bid after an extended period away from tennis in 2021.

Back in October, in what has become a familiar script, Andreescu was once again eliminated from a tournament after racking up impressive victories at the outset.

The Canadian tennis star, who has battled inconsistency as she tries to work her way back into the WTA upper rankings, fell 4-6, 4-6 to American Jessica Pegula (WTA No. 5) in round of 16 action at the WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open in Mexico three months ago.

Andreescu had impressed earlier in Mexico, knocking off two higher-ranked opponents en route to the round of 16.

She climbed to as high as No. 4 in WTA rankings in late 2019 after shocking the tennis world with her U.S. Open victory.

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