Mississauga’s Andreescu ready for US Open prime time match tonight

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Published September 2, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu advances to next round of French Open

By all accounts, Bianca Andreescu’s third-round US Open tennis match against France’s Caroline Garcia slated for tonight (Sept. 2) in New York City promises to be a tightly contested affair.

Andreescu, a 22-year-old Mississauga native ranked No. 48 on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) circuit and apparently climbing, has been playing some of her best tennis in a while this week in Flushing Meadows.

Garcia, WTA No. 17, is also on top of her game, reportedly playing her best tennis of 2022 this week.

So, something has to give when the two square off tonight at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Opening serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In advancing to tonight’s action, the Mississauga tennis star and 2019 US Open champ disposed of Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia (WTA No. 15) in masterful fashion on Wednesday, taking the match 6-2, 6-4.

That was no easy feat as the Brazilian is highly ranked and was coming off an appearance in the final of the recent National Bank Open in Toronto.

But the red-hot Andreescu used an excellent serve on her way to besting Haddad Maia, winning 67 per cent of her service points.

Her serve also sparked Andreescu to a first-round win over France’s Harmony Tan (WTA No. 112) on Monday.

Additionally, the Canadian has now won 12 of 13 matches played at the Grand Slam event in New York City.

Garcia, too, has looked especially strong this week in the Big Apple. In defeating WTA No. 60 Anna Kalinskaya (6-3, 6-1), of Russia, in the second round, the France native won all eight of her service games.

Garcia is 17-for-17 on service games at the US Open, with 10 aces to her credit.

Andreescu is in the midst of a roller coaster journey back to what she hopes will be a prominent ranking on the WTA circuit.

She burst onto the scene with a stunning US Open title in New York in 2019. However, Andreescu fell on tougher times soon after. For two years or so, she battled injuries, a bout with COVID-19 and mental health issues.

She didn’t play at all in 2020.

Andreescu’s results so far this year have been mixed. She’s advanced far at some tournaments, while unexpectedly bowing out early in others.

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