MADRID – A two-part Sunday for the Canadians at the Madrid Tennis Open. The day started with a scintillating win for Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu, but continued with the elimination of Quebec’s Leylah Fernandez.
Andreescu defeated eighth American Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-1 in a morning game in the second round.
Hours later, in a left-handed game, 17th-seeded Fernandez lost 6-4, 6-4 to Swiss Jil Teichmann in a 90-minute game.
Andreescu needed just 69 minutes to reach the third round, where she will face Jessica Pegula, also of the United States, on Tuesday. Pegula, ranked 14th in the world, defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
“I knew I had to put in a really good performance because (Collins) has had some success lately. I didn’t expect it to turn out like this at all. But I stuck to my game plan and it worked,” Andreescu said in comments to the WTA website.
After saving a breakpoint in the second game, Andreescu took the lead in the first set by winning the next game on Collins’ service. The Canadian did it again in the fifth and seventh games of the opening set.
Andreescu’s supremacy continued with two more breaks, en route to a 4-0 lead in the second set. This is where the Canadian had her only failure of the day when Collins broke up.
Andreescu reacted immediately with his sixth break of the game before ending the game on his serve on his third match point.
“What I did well today was stay in the present moment, and I told myself the game was not over until even at 6-1, 4-1. She started hitting the ball harder and sometimes she fell into play “Sometimes not. What she tried to do was smart because it put more pressure on me. If I hadn’t persisted, she could have come back into the game,” Andreescu also said.
Since 111th in the world, Andreescu conceded the second set against American Alison Riske in the first round, he has won 18 of the next 20 matches.
Fernandez defeated by a gravel specialist
This win sees Andreescu climb into the top-100.
“I’m trying to get up the hill and recently we thought it would be good if it didn’t take too many games. I was happy to return to this area and I found all the tics that helped me in my previous matches. It really helps. Even small gestures like touching the line or hitting his sneakers with the racket help a lot. †
Fernandez, for his part, conceded a stoppage of service in the third game of the opening set and Teichmann was able to protect him to win the first set in 43 minutes.
Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. They then managed to protect their serve until Fernandez backed off in the ninth game when she sent a backhand into the net.
The Swiss won the four points on her serve in the next game, the last after a long backhand from the Quebecer.
Osaka quickly knocked out
Naomi Osaka, still uneasy on clay, was stopped in the second round by Spaniard Sara Sorribes (47th) 6-3, 6-1, three weeks ahead of Roland-Garros.
Sorribes, who defended herself tooth and nail, rounding the stretches, sapped the attacking power of the Japanese, appearing in a more tied-up left calf, pushing her into error several times, until she surrendered in less than an hour and a half.
On the contrary, the Spaniard committed only three unforced errors throughout the game.
Osaka opened its season on ocher in the Spanish capital, after a few days of preparation on Rafael Nadal’s Mallorcan ground.
The former world No. 1, now 36th, four-time Grand Slam winner, has never made it through the third round at Roland-Garros.
End of the course also for the Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, physically less and 6-3 6-0 defeated by the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (37th), next opponent of the Briton Emma Raducanu, surprising winner of the US Open last year.