Mississauga’s Andreescu eliminated from German Open in second round


Published June 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Mississauga's Andreescu will face stiff test in quest to defend tennis tourney title

Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu let a late advantage slip away in losing her second-round match earlier today (June 15) at the German Open grass-court tennis tournament in Berlin.

The 5-6, 6-2, 6-7 loss to Czech Karolina Pliskova, the tourney’s fourth seed, eliminated Andreescu from the event.

The 21-year-old Mississaugan, who turns 22 tomorrow (June 16), was up 5-3 in the third set before Pliskova mounted a comeback to force a tiebreak.

Pliskova, ranked No. 7 in Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) play, then rebounded from an early deficit in the extra session to oust Andreescu (WTA No. 69) from the tourney.

Pliskova recorded a dozen aces in the match while Andreescu had two.

It was the third meeting between the two tennis stars, the previous two coming in 2019.

Andreescu defeated Pliskova in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rogers Cup in Toronto on her way to winning the tournament.

Two months later, Andreescu retired with an injury in a first-round match with the Czech at the WTA Finals.

Earlier this week in Berlin, Andreescu defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova (WTA No. 63) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in first-round action.

Andreescu, once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world after winning the US Open in 2019, continues to make her way back from a lengthy injury/mental health break on the WTA circuit.

She burst onto the world tennis scene with that surprise US Open win and told media last month at the Italian Open that the past few years have been tough for her, but she’s slowly “getting to my top form” again.

–with files from CP

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