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Bianca Andreescu: ‘I can do big things with my game style’

Bianca Andreescu spoke about her high hopes for her career, dealing with increased expectations and her time away with injury.

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After she battled to a 5-7 6-4 6-4 win over Marie Bouzkova in the first round of the French Open, Bianca Andreescu told the media that she believes the way she plays could contribute to a very successful career.

“Ever since I was young, I would always change the rhythm,” the Canadian said in her press conference. “I would never hit more than two shots the same. And I guess that transitioned through my junior career, and I saw that it was helping me win matches because not many players played like that.”

She continued, “So I kept doing it and improving it, and it’s obviously paying off even at this level. So I just want to keep doing my thing, and I think I can do big things with my game style.”

Andreescu, 18, announced herself to the tennis world in March with her stunning triumph in Indian Wells. In the Californian desert, she beat Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber on her way to the title.

Since then, the Canadian has barely been seen on court due to a shoulder injury she picked up in the next event in Miami. Understandably, she feels she is some distance away from top form.

“This wasn’t one of my best matches at all,” Andreescu said. “I was getting pretty mad at myself. But it’s my first tournament back after an injury, so I tried to stay as calm as possible. I’m really proud of how I fought through the match with the tennis I had.”

Andreescu manages soaring expectations

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Despite her youth, the Canadian has already risen to No.23 in the world. Unsurprisingly, this is a statistic she puts to the back of her mind whenever possible.

“There’s outside expectations and pressure from the fans,” she said. “But I really try not to focus on that. It’s not easy, but I think I’ve been doing it really well.”

Andreescu will face another of the WTA’s rising stars, Sofia Kenin, in round two. They have played four times before, with two wins apiece, so she knows what to expect from the American.

“I have a really good sense of how she plays, although not on clay,” the Canadian said. “I know it’s going to be a tough match. She gets to a lot of balls well. She’s a fighter. So I’m going to do the same things.”

It could be an excellent match between two exciting young talents, so make sure you tune in.

[Also published on womenssporthub.com]

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Karen Khachanov to advance to the semifinal in Monte-Carlo

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Two-time champion Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 in 83 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Tsitsipas has extended his head-to-head lead against Khachanov to 8-1. 

Tsitsipas will chase his third title in Monte-Carlo after his previous two triumphs in 2021 and 2022. 

Tsitsipas broke Khachanov’s serve in the opening game. Khachanov broke back in the second game to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead and held on his next service games to win his first set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, as Khachanov sent an easy overhead wide. Tsitsipas earned a double break in the eighth game and served out the win on his second match point in the next game. 

Tsitsipas won 84% of his first service games. The Greek player finished with seven aces and 20 winners to 8 unforced errors. 

Tsitsipas set up a semifinal clash against either Jannik Sinner or Holger Rune.

“I would lie if I said it does not bring good memories stepping out on this court. It’s something that I attribute some of my performances here over time to. I came back here, and I relive those memories of the past. It gives good feelings to me when I am able to play in front of crowds like this and be able to try and strive for excellence with my game”, said Tsitsipas. 

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Iga Swiatek is set to return to the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time since 2022

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Eight Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers take place from 12 to 13 April. The winners will secure their spot at next November’s season-ending Finals in Seville alongside defending champions Canada, 2023 runners-up Italy, and wild card Czechia. 

World number 1 Iga Swiatek, world number 5 Jessica Pegula, former number 1s Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, and WTA Tour stars Elina Svitolina, Emma Raducanu, Caroline Garcia and Beatriz Haddad Maia will headline the Billie Jean King Qualifiers. 

The winning teams from the Qualifiers advance to the year-end Finals in Seville. Twelve players will compete in the Finals over six days next November. 

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World number 1 Iga Swiatek will play for Poland in Billie Jean King Cup for the first time since winning both of her matches in the 2022 Qualifiers. The Polish team will be looking to improve on her five-match winning streak. Swiatek won the WTA Finals in Cancun in 2023 and two WTA 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Doha in 2024. Swiatek has a record of nine wins from her twelve matches in the Billie Jean King matches across singles and doubles. She has won seven of her nine singles matches and has not beaten in Billie Jean King Cup since February 2019.  

Swiatek will play against Simona Waltert in the opening match. Swiatek beat Waltert at Wimbledon Juriors in 2018. 

“I know how she plays a little bit but, tactically, I need to prepare as we have not met on the WTA Tour. It’s never easy to play as a guest because the whole stadium is going to be cheering for Switzerland, but I am ready to do my job. I am going to focus on myself”, said Swiatek. 

Swiatek will be joined by Magdalena Frech, Magda Linette, Katarzyna Kawa and Magdalina Chwalinska. 

Poland will play against 2022 Billie Jean King Cup champions Switzerland for the third time. These teams are tied 1-1 in their two head-to-head clashes. 

A Polish team missing Swiatek did not get through to the 2023 Billie Jean King Finals, as they were beaten by a Kazakh team led by Elena Rybakina. Poland were given a wild card into the 2023 Billie Jean Cup Finals in Seville, but they failed to win a match. 

The Swiss team will be looking to repeat their previous triumph in Glasgow in 2022. Swiss team captain Heinz Guenthardt has named Viktorija Golubic, Celine Naef, Simona Waltert and Jil Teichmann. Belinda Bencic has taken one year off from tennis as she waits to welcome her first child. 

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Defending Champion Andrey Rublev Suffers Shock Defeat To Popyrin In Monte-Carlo

Andrey Rublev suffered his third consecutive defeat after failing to defend his Monte-Carlo title.

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Defending champion Andrey Rublev has suffered a shock opening round defeat against Alexei Popyrin in Monte-Carlo.

The world number six suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat in one hour and 40 minutes against the aggressive Australian.

It’s Rublev’s third consecutive defeat with the 26 year-old only winning one match since his disqualification in Dubai against Alexander Bublik.

However it was a landmark win for Popyrin as he looks to be seeded for Roland Garros with the Australian currently at 46 in the world.

Speaking after the match Popyrin detailed his game-plan to defeating the defending champion, “I enjoyed coming out on centre court for the first time. First tournament on clay of the year and I have good memories from clay last year,” Popyrin told the ATP website.

“I am feeling really comfortable on it and happy to beat a guy who was in form, confident and the defending champ. It was an awesome match.

“The idea was not to give him the same ball. He is probably the best player from the baseline when you give him rhythm, so I tried to change the pace, height and spin and I think it worked really well for me today.”

Should results go against Rublev this week than he could drop to outside the world’s top ten.

As for Popyrin, he will now face compatriot Alex De Minaur in the third round.

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