Tennis: Can Bianca Andreescu cause surprise?

Tennis: Can Bianca Andreescu cause the upset?


Canadian Bianca Andreescu won't have an easy task this Tuesday, as she meets the powerhouse Iga Swiatek in the third round of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.< /p>

The 21-year-old Pole has held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings since April 4, 2022. This season, she has maintained an excellent record of 12-3. She has also reached two finals in four tournaments and won top honors in Qatar. 

Andreescu and Swiatek have met only once in their respective careers. At the clay-court tournament in Rome in 2022, the top seed won in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-0.

The Maple Leaf representative believes history will not be repeated in Indian Wells, because the circumstances are different.

“In this match, I don't remember having a good first set,” said Andreescu, whose comments were reported by the Tennis Canada website. It was only the third tournament I played after being sidelined for a very long time.”

“We are now on a hard surface, which I prefer,” she added. I hope that will work in my favor, but I know that she will play well. I will be very well prepared and I will study it as much as possible between now and our confrontation.

Fernandez will also have his hands full

Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez will also be in action in the third round of the California competition. She will face Caroline Garcia.

The fifth seed of the women's tournament had eliminated the 20-year-old Montrealer in the second round of the last Australian Open. This duel was very tight and the Frenchwoman won 7-6(5) and 7-5.

Since the start of hostilities in 2023, Fernandez has already participated in five tournaments, but has not has ever been able to make it past the quarter-finals of an event.

“My dad has a saying he keeps telling me: 'Fair is unfair and unfair is fair”. I am very happy with my tennis at the moment. The draws haven't been very favorable to me lately. However, it allows me to gain experience,” said Fernandez.

“I am also happy to have obtained these draws, because I am able to see what I need to improve and at what I don't have to work. I'm always able to see the positive side of things instead of getting discouraged.”

In addition, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime will also play a matchup in Indian Wells on Tuesday. He has an appointment with Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, whom he defeated in the third round of the first Grand Slam of the year in January.