Andreescu A Winner In Return; Kvitova-Pliskova, Swiatek Wed In Stuttgart

by Staff | April 19th, 2022, 7:46 pm
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In her first match since Indian Wells last fall, Bianca Andreescu was a winner defeating Jule Niemeier of Germany 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round in Stuttgart.

“I felt that it took me a while to get my rhythm, but she presented very good tennis,” Andreescu told WTA Insider.

“I’m just super happy with how I dealt with everything, especially towards the end of the match, I felt like I had a clear mindset, but it was definitely very emotional, so to get out of that state was hard, but I’m glad that I managed.

“I got a little teary-eyed at one changeover, because I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m back playing again and I’m feeling good.'”

Andreescu had been of the tour with mental issues and at one point contemplated retirement.

Up next will be the struggling Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday.

“I’m happy to play her finally on the tour at this level,” Andreescu said. “She’s a hard hitter, she loves her serve, she loves her forehand and she’s a great fighter. I’m going to have to bring my ‘A’ game, because I know she’ll bring hers.”

Teen Coco Gauff went down in her clay opener losing to Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-2. Ons Jabeur ousted former French finalist Marketa Vondrousova.

Tomorrow, former Czech champions Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova collide. And the streaking Iga Swiatek opens play. The world No. 1 has won her last 19 matches.

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