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Bianca Andreescu Wins Three-Set marathon Against Anisimova

The former US Open champion required almost three hours to seal her place in the last eight of the tournament.



Bianca Andreescu is into the round of 16 of the Miami Open after beating Amanda Anisimova 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-4 to book a spot in the quarter-finals in front of fans and her family in attendance. She hit 20 winners during the match while her opponent hit 48 unforced errors.


” It’s really nice playing back here,” she said in her on-court interview after the match. ” Amanda played really well, I’m super happy with how I fought through because it wasn’t easy, I was lucky to play evening match, It wasn’t as hot or humid so that was a bonus but I’m super happy to have the win and super happy to be back here”.

Both players head no issues holding serve in their opening service games and at 1-1 it was the Canadian who had the first break opportunity of the match but it was quickly saved the by the number 28 seeded player.

The number eight seed had her second chance of the match to break at 2-2 but the American hung in and saved it with a huge serve. At 4-4 the Canadian put immense pressure on the American looking to break and had six chances but couldn’t get the breakthrough.

The first set would be decided by a tiebreaker and that was also a very tight affair with the Canadian winning a point on her opponent serve to take a 4-2 lead and that break was enough to take the first set.

After holding serve Andreescu went back on the offensive and earned three breakpoints as the American hit three unforced errors in a row before breaking to take an early 2-0 lead.

The very next game Anisimova finally responded earning two breakpoints of her very own and broke when the Canadian served a double fault to go back on serve.

At 3-3 the American had a chance to take her first lead of the match after earning more breakpoints and did just that to take a 4-3 lead. During the next changeover she called the trainer and took a medical timeout to treat a blister on her hand.

The Canadian responded immediately the very next game winning four points in a row to once again put the set back on serve at 4-4. Once again we would head into another tiebreak to decide the set.

The American would completely dominate it jumping out to a 4-1 lead and would take the breaker 7-2 thus taking the second set 7-6 and sending it into a third set decider.

The Canadian was determined to get the win and had a look at three early breakpoints in the very first game of the third set but it was the American who would save all three and hold serve.

The number eight seed would get another chance to break at 2-2 and broke winning an incredible rally with her powerful forehand to take a 3-2 lead. That break was enough for her to serve out the match and book a date with Garbine Muguruza in the next round.

“I have to be on my A game tomorrow because I know Muguruza is very tough to play,” she previewed.

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