Bianca Andreescu puts away her racquet in Toronto

The 22-year-old Ontarian lacked teeth and couldn’t seize her opportunities. She lost in three hours to Zheng, who had six breaks, including three in a row in the final set. She recorded the win on her first match point.

The 51st in the WTA had eight aces against seven double faults. She won the first engagement with a smash, in a 12th game where she also made a perfect bunt.

Match between Bianca Andreescu and Qinwen Zheng.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Nathan Denette

In the second set, Andreescu took her rival’s serve at 5-5, punctuating the game with a deep backhand, returned too far by her rival.

The Chinese, however, took control in the third set with a break that gave her the lead 3-1. She was no longer bothered afterwards.

It was a very difficult game. She played very well. I wouldn’t say I was at my best, but I gave the best I had today. I fought really hard. In the third set, she scored the important points. »

A quote from Bianca Andreescu, tennis player

About the performance of her young rival, Andreescu said he recognized herself a little in her.

Right now she’s playing like a top 10 girl. I’m very happy for her. I remember when I was his age (19)… not so long ago (laughs), but I remember that I was not afraid of anything. The other players don’t know you very well. You then play without fear and without pressure and that’s what she does. I believe she could win the tournament if she continues like this.

Finally, on his assessment of his performance in the tournament against three very different opponents, Andreescu had a halftone comment.

Considering my preparation for this tournament and what happened last week in San José, first of all I am happy to have been able to play here. It’s amazing to have reached the round of 16. I had no expectations when I arrived, I just wanted to enjoy the moment, put the crowd on my side and play my bestshe added.

The champion in the Queen City, in 2019, is now ranked 53rd.

In the quarter-finals, Zheng will face the Czech Karolina Pliskova, who won 6-1, 6-7 (9/11) and 6-3 over the Greek Maria Sakkari.

Iga Swiatek packs up

World No. 1 racket Iga Swiatek was eliminated in the Round of 16. The Pole was beaten 4-6, 6-3 and 5-7 by Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Champion in Indian Wells and Miami last spring, Swiatek suffered her first loss in 14 games on North American hard courts, two weeks before the US Open, where she will be considered the favorite.

She fell on a very dynamic opponent who also took advantage of her many unforced errors, sometimes gross, on a windswept court.

Swiatek was notably betrayed by a poor serve, as evidenced by his 9 double faults and his low efficiency rate of 45% of points won with his second ball. She allowed no less than 19 break points to her rival, who only converted 4.

A tennis player is about to hit a ball with her racket.

Iga Swiatek

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

Even on a bad day, the cramps not sparing her legs, the Pole fought well to repel the opposing attacks and return to a round everywhere.

The 26-year-old Brazilian, looking for a fourth title this season after those won in Saint-Malo, Nottingham and Birmingham, has not loosened the vice.

It was she who regained the initiative in the exchanges, despite the loss of her service at the start of the third. She finally won in three hours, on her fourth match point.

Haddad Maia will face Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the next round, who defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-3.

Coco Gauff offers herself a favorite

Coco Gauff (no 10) has added another big name in tennis to her roster. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka (no. 6) to advance to the quarterfinals.

Eleventh racket in the world at only 18 years old, Gauff won in three sets of 7-5, 4-6 and 7-6 (7/4).

Gauff started the clash well with a victory in the first run. Sabalenka, however, had not said her last word. She made a comeback to take the second run.

The American had no intention of letting the victory slip away. She fought to the tiebreaker to clinch her ticket to the next round.

Coco Gauff celebrates her victory in Toronto.

Coco Gauff

Photo: The Canadian Press/Chris Young

In the quarters, she will find the Romanian Simona Halep, winner against the Swiss Jil Teichmann in two sets of 6-2 and 7-5.

On Wednesday, Coco Gauff also won her match against Wimbledon champion, Kazahke Elena Rybakina.

By defeating Sabalenka, the finalist of the Roland-Garros tournament defeated a player in the world’s top 10 for the second time this season. The American had also beaten the Spaniard Paula Badosa, then 4th in the world, at the Doha tournament in February.

Gauff has been on an upward trajectory since the French Open. After her final at Porte d’Auteuil, she stopped in the semi-finals in Berlin, in the third round at Wimbledon and in the quarter-finals in San José, where she notably beat former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. .

Other round three results:

  • Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeats Alison Riske (USA) 6-3, 7-5
  • Jessica Pegula (USA/no 7) beats Camila Giorgi (ITA) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
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