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Bianca Andreescu Survives Another Three-Setter To Reach Miami Semis

The Canadian needed almost three hours to book her spot in the final four.

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Bianca Andreescu is into the semifinals of the Miami Open after beating the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in just under three hours.

The eighth seed hit 42 winners while her opponent produced 21 unforced errors during their marathon clash at the Hard Rock Stadium. It is only the second time Andreescu has played in the tournament after 2019.

 

“Man that girl can really run” she said in her on-court interview after the match, ” after the first set I was honestly so tired but we both fought really hard, she’s an incredible fighter, I have no idea how I pushed through but I fought as hard as I could and I’m super happy with how I pulled out but she played amazing tennis”

Andreescu was the third Canadian Sorribes Tormo has played in the last couple weeks after beating Eugenie Bouchard in the final in Guadalajara and losing to Leylah Annie Fernandez in the semi final in Monterrey.

The Spaniard was quicker out of the gate and she pounced on her Canadian opponent earning two break points in the opening service game of the match and breaking to take an early 1-0 lead.

After holding serve to consolidate the break she would earn two more breakpoints as the Canadian was struggling to get into the match and would break again to go up 3-0.

The number eight seed finally woke up and earned her first breakpoint of the match winning a long intense rally and finishing the point with a forehand winner.

It would take four cracks at it with the Spaniard doing a good job saving them before the Toronto native got herself into the match breaking to get one of the breaks back.

She would hold serve to make it 3-2 before pushing to try and go back on serve but the Spaniard continued to fight and battle and held serve. The match was turning into a huge fight with long rallies and two players going at it.

At 4-3 the Canadian would earn two more breakpoints and would break the Spaniard once again with a powerful forehand to go back on serve at 4-4. That break of serve seemed to rattle her and she struggled to hold serve and that’s when the number eight seed went for the lead and that’s what she got.

Andreescu would serve out the set in what looked like a major comeback and was one set away from the semis tomorrow.

Losing the first didn’t deter the Spaniard who in a repeat of the beginning of the first set would break again with a stunning forehand passing shot to once again take a 1-0 lead.

This time the lead didn’t last that long and the world number eight responded immediately getting the break right back. She would get broken the very next game and the set followed a similar pattern where both players couldn’t hold serve and traded breaks back and forth.

It was Tomo who would finally hold serve to make it 5-3 and would break once more the following game sensing fatigue from her Canadian opponent winning the second set and sending it into a third set.

The third set stayed on serve until 2-2 when the number eight seed would earn three chances to break. It was on the third chance when she got she would break to take a 3-2 lead.

The next game was a very tough one for the Canadian as she found herself facing three breakpoints but rallied to save all three and hold serve. She would increase her lead the following game breaking to take a 5-2 lead.

When serving for the match her opponent wasn’t giving in and continued to play her game from the baseline with long rallies and won four straight points to make it 5-3.

The number eight seed would respond the very next game winning four points in a row as well and sealing the set, the match, and the win with her trusty forehand winner.

“I never played her before and it’s really hard to tell how a player plays online rather than actually playing them so I think I got caught off guard just a little bit,” said Andreescu.
I thought her ball would be a bit more heavy and deep and you really have to generate your own power. I felt like I was going for too much at the start but then I figured it out and I changed my game plan basically and I adjusted. The match was super up and down and it kept going like that and for me the main thing today was fighting harder than her and I know she is an incredible fighter so that was the main goal and I did that.”

She will now face Maria Sakkari who pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career beating Naomi Osaka and the Canadian finished the press conference by giving her thoughts on the match.

” I watched a little bit of that match, she played really well, she was dominating from the start and Naomi wasn’t quite there but she’s coming off a great win, I’m also coming off a big win too,” she said.
I’m sure she is very confident and I’ve watched her play many times so I kinda know what to expect but obviously it’s different once I step out there and I’m going to have to adjust with what I know now and what I am going to see on the court but I know it’s going to be a battle and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Anhelina Kalinina beats Daria Kasatkina at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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Anhelina Kalinina eased past Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. 

 

Kalinina, who reached the final in Budapest this year, hit 24  winners to 18 unforced errors. She scored her second top 30 win this year after beating Angelique Kerber in the first round at this year’s edition of the French Open. 

The match between Kalinina and Kasatkina featured 12 breaks of serve. Kalinina went up a 3-0 lead with a double break in the second set. Kasatkina pulled one break back in the fourth game and saved four break points to hold serve in the fifth game for 2-3 in the longest game of the match. 

Kalinina saved two match points in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game to open up a 5-2 lead. She was not able to serve out the match after two double faults, but she sealed the second set with a drive volley. 

Anna Kalinskaya rallied from 3-5 down in the first set to beat Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Yastremska started the tie-break with six consecutive unforced errors, but she saved five set points, but she sent a return outside the court. Kalinskaya set up a second round match against Maria Sakkari. 

Lesla Tsurenko beat 18-year-old Chinese player Zheng Qinwen 6-4 6-3. Bernarda Pera beat Aleksandra Krunic 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. Pera converted her sixth point to close out the first set.  Pera will face Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. 

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Arthur Rinderknech beats Federico Delbonis to reach the second round in Antwerp

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Arthur Rinderknech won 85% of his first service points in his 6-4 6-4 win over Federico Delbonis after 1 hour and 31 minutes to reach the second round at the European Open in Antwerp. 

 

Rinderknech earned two breaks to open up a 4-1 lead. Delbonis pulled back one break in the sixth game, but Rinderknech held on his next service games to win the first set 6-4. 

The Frenchman went up an early break in the first game to take a 4-2 lead. Delbonis saved three break points to hold serve at deuce in the seventh game for 3-4. Rinderknech served out the win at deuce after saving a break point in the 10th game. 

Rinderknech has extended his winning record to 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Delbonis.

“I am really pleased with the win. There were some crazy points here and there and sometimes they did not go my way. These kind of points can change the match but I tried to stay focused and I am pleased I was able to close out the match”, said Rinderknech. 

US Next Gen player Jenson Brooksby cruised past Norbert Gombos 6-4 6-2. Brooksby went up a 4-1 lead with a double break. Gombos pulled one break back for 2-4 in the sixth game. Brooksby held on his next service games to win the first set 6-4 and earned two breaks in the first and seventh games to seal the second set 6-4. 

Another US Next Gen rising star Brandon Nakashima beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-2 6-4. Nakashima broke serve in the fifth and seventh games and earned a break in the fifth game of the second set. 

Dusan Lajovic beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-3) 6-1. Gasquet earned a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Lajovic broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Lajovic saved two break points in the ninth and eleventh games. Lajovic earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. The Serbian player broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

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Popyrin saved five break points in the first game before converting his third break point to take a 2-0 lead. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Popyrin served out the set after saving two break points. 

Van de Zandschulp earned three breaks to win the third set 6-0. 

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Marin Cilic edged past Damir Dzumhur 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 after 1 hour and 51 minutes to reach the second round at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Cilic won two consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015. 

 

Cilic came back from losing the tie-break of the first set by winning 12 of the last 13 games. He will face either Tommy Paul or Winston Salem finalist Mikael Ymer.

The opening set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Dzumhur earned three set points at 6-3 with two mini-breaks and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-4. Cilic broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the second set. The 2014 US Open champion saved a break point in the third game before breaking at deuce in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Cilic closed out the third set with a double break at love in the sixth game. 

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