Bianca Andreescu arrived in Miami full of confidence after winning her first WTA Tornament in Indian Wells. But apart from her determination, Florida has proven to be quite different for the youngster for Mississauga, Ontario.
Her first match of the tournament was scheduled to play against Irina-Camelia Begu on Wednesday, but it was postponed because of rain. Andreescu was on the verge of elimination, after being down a set and losing 5-1 in he second.
She made a remarkable comeback, winning the second set 7-6 (2), and then winning the third 6-2 to win the game and advance to the second round, where she’ll face Sofia Kenin.
She won’t have much time to recover, as her match with No. seed will take place on Friday afternoon.
The tournament in Miami began only four days after the Canadian teen unexpectedly lifted the trophy in California. However, she will play on a different surface than the one in Indian Wells, with different weather conditions as well.
In certain moments it looked like Andreescu was running out of energy. The two had met in the first round at Indian Wells, with the Canadian winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, and at one point it seemed the Romanian would have her revenge. Begu outplayed Andreescu in the better portion of the first and the second set.
A Great Comeback for the Young Canadian
Begu served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4 in the second set, but failed to score the winning point on both occasions. We saw a completely different Andreescu in the third set, taking an early break, and then later she broke her opponent’s serve once again.
Andreescu’s next opponent will be the 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. The two of them played at the tournament in Acapulco, a week before Indian Wells. Kenin won the semi-final thriller 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, advancing to her second final of the season.
Kenin was also the last player to win the game against Andreescu, who lost a total of three matches during this season, with a fantastic score of 29-3.
Also taking part at the tournament in Miami is another Canadian player, 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime. He won his first round match on Thursday, beating the Norwegian play Christian Ruud 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the secon round.
Speaking after the game, he admitted he had had a bad start to the match, especially when it comes to serving. The youngster said he had been distracted by the wind, and the noise from the next court. Luckily, he managed to find his rhythm.