Canadian tennis players Andreescu and Fernandez advance to Madrid Open second round


MADRID — Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open with three-set wins on Friday.

Andreescu, playing in her second tournament after a months-long absence, followed that up with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 win over American Alison Riske.

The 21-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., will next face sixth seed Danielle Collins of the United States. Collins advances with a win over Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig.

Fernandez, of Laval, Que., was victorious in her main draw debut for Madrid with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win over German qualifier Andrea Petkovic.

The 19-year-old Fernandez, ranked 20th in the world, will next face Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann, who beat three-time champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-5.

2019 US Open champion Andreescu dominated the third set of her match with Riske. The Canadian won 62.1% of service points and an impressive 73.7% of return points in the set, while breaking Riske three times from six opportunities.

Andreescu entered the WTA 1000 Series tournament with a world ranking of 111. She reached a career high of No. 4 in October 2019 thanks to her breakout season which saw her win high-profile events in Toronto and in Indian Wells, Calif., in addition to his first Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Before returning to action earlier this month at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Andreescu had not played a match since her second-round loss to Anett Kontaveit in Indian Wells on October 21.

She announced in December that she was taking a break from tennis to physically and mentally recover from two “difficult” years.

Andreescu posted on Twitter that she had been affected by “several weeks of quarantine” after contracting COVID-19, and by her grandmother’s stay for several weeks in the intensive care unit of a hospital. hospital because of the coronavirus.

Fernandez, the 2021 US Open runner-up, won 65.4% of the available points in the first set and didn’t face a break point. Petkovic returned the favor in the second, winning 72.7% of the points and breaking the Canadian twice in three occasions.

Petkovic, a former world No. 9, led 2-0 in the third set before Fernandez pulled himself together to win the first encounter between the players.

Teichmann beat Fernandez in straight sets in their only previous encounter, which came in a 2020 Billie Jean King Cup qualifier.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 29, 2022.


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