Bianca Andreescu wins a marathon against the 10th racket
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The beautiful Bianca Andreescu is back. The Canadian surprised the 10th racket of the WTA, the powerful Greek Maria Sakkari, after a duel of three hours in the second round of the tennis tournament in Miami , Friday.
After three innings that went over or close to the hour mark, the Ontarian overcame the seventh seed with a score of 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4. The 31st player in the WTA rankings signed an 11th career victory against a member of the top 10, and a second over Sakkari.
The latter, known for her sometimes explosive character on the court, lost patience at times, being broken three times in the third set alone. This decisive set began with three consecutive breaks.
It was on his third match point that Andreescu was able to claim victory, literally. The 2019 U.S. Open winner exclaimed at the point victory, no doubt relieved to have held on for so long.
“I'm glad I didn't have a cramps, because in my last match against her, that's what happened, ”she said in a post-match interview, referring to her loss at the 2021 US Open.
She will cross swords with American Sofia Kenin or Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina in the next round.
Shapovalov makes a successful comeback
Also in Miami, Denis Shapovalov was a little worried by the 581st racket in the world, but he got out of the trap set by Guido Pella in the second round.
The Canadian fought for almost two hours with the 32-year-old Argentinian to win 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3. Pella's ranking is somewhat misleading, as the former ATP top 20 player has been plagued by injuries in recent years.
The Ontarian's opponent, however, pulled himself into the foot in the eighth game of the final set by offering the break to Shapovalov on a double fault. The 24th seed then closed the books with the balls in hand. It was not always a guarantee of success for the 23-year-old tennis player, who accumulated 13 aces, but as many double faults. He also placed only 49% of his first balls in play.
Having benefited from a pass in the initial round, Shapovalov made his comeback at the Masters 1000 in Miami. His next order will be much heavier, since he will face the American Taylor Fritz (10th), who beat Emilio Nava (182nd).