Mississauga’s Andreescu helps Canada to tennis win in Scotland

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Published November 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm

(Photo: Tennis Canada)

Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu and her Canadian teammate Leylah Fernandez (Laval, Que.) each earned singles victories today (Nov. 10) in Scotland to defeat Italy at the Billie Jean Cup tennis tournament.

Andreescu, 22, the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) No. 45-ranked player, defeated WTA No. 65 Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Italy) 7-6, 6-3 in the opener of the best-of-three in Glasgow.

Fernandez, ranked WTA No. 40, then blanked Martina Trevisan 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the Canadian victory at the tournament, the premier international team competition in women’s tennis.

Canada, one of 12 teams competing, must beat Switzerland on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semi-final round. The final goes Sunday.

Andreescu, who’s trying to work her way back into the WTA upper rankings, parted ways with her coach a couple of weeks ago.

Sven Groeneveld announced in a statement via Twitter that “after more than a year of coaching Bianca, I have decided not to extend our collaboration. I am keen on new challenges…wishing Bianca and her team great success going forward.”

Two weeks prior to that development, 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 all year long 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.

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

The Mississauga athlete remains in search of a tournament victory as she seeks to return to the top of the women’s singles rankings. Andreescu climbed to as high as No. 4 in WTA rankings in late 2019 after shocking the tennis world with a stunning victory at the U.S. Open earlier the same year.

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