SAN DIEGO –
If Bianca Andreescu wanted a spark to ignite her return to tennis’s high tier, she may need discovered it Monday night time after knocking off Russian Liudmila Samsonova within the WTA San Diego Open.
The 22-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., upset the red-hot Samsonova 7-6(1), 4-6 and 6-2 within the opening spherical of the ladies’s singles match in a match that lasted two hours, 38 minutes at the brand new seaside Barnes Tennis Center.
The 23-year-old Samsonova, ranked twenty third on the earth and a winner of three WTA titles within the final two months, was one of many featured sights for the match, however she had her fingers full with the 57th-ranked Andreescu who confirmed why she was a tour dynamo in 2019 earlier than accidents slowed her down.
While Samsonova had extra aces than Andreescu (10-3) within the match, the Canadian was a lot better on first serves (63 per cent versus 51) and break factors.
Both gamers had seven double faults and matched up evenly in most statistical classes, however Andreescu had an additional gear within the third set and took over bodily.
Andreescu advances to Wednesday’s spherical of 16, and her opponent might be decided on Tuesday when the rest of the spherical of 32 matches are performed, together with a showdown between Leylah Fernandez of Montreal and eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
In girls’s doubles motion on Tuesday, Carol Zhao of Vaughan, Ont., and Rebecca Marino of Vancouver will face Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Samsonova within the spherical of 16.
Also on Tuesday, the second-seeded combo of Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and associate Giuliana Olmos of Mexico will face Sabrina Santamaria of Los Angeles and associate Kaitlyn Christian of Orange, Calif.
This yr’s match marks the primary return of the WTA to San Diego since 2015.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 10, 2022.