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Bianca falls in straight sets

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MELBOURNE, Australia Canada’s Bianca Andreescu made a second-round exit at the Australian Open on Wednesday, dropping a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei at Melbourne Park.

The eighth-seeded Canadian struggled from the start against her 71st-ranked opponent and never really got on track.

Andreescu earned a threeset victory on Monday in her first competitiv­e match in 15 months. But she was unable to generate any momentum against the 35-year-old righthande­r.

Hsieh was at her crafty best on a hot, sunny morning in front of a smattering of spectators at Rod Laver Arena.

She consistent­ly worked Andreescu around the court, mixing her shots nicely to keep the Canadian off-balance. Hsieh maintained control throughout the match, completing the victory in one hour 23 minutes.

Andreescu displayed flashes of the championsh­ip form that she exhibited in her breakout 2019 season.

She relied primarily on her power game but unforced errors — perhaps a sign of rust from so much time away — were her undoing.

The 20-year-old from Mississaug­a, Ont., suffered a torn meniscus in her left knee in October 2019. She focused on training last year rather than returning to the WTA Tour once it resumed after a pause due to the pandemic.

 ?? AP PHOTO RICK RYCROFT ?? Canada’s Bianca Andreescu makes a backhand return during her second round match against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei at the Australian Open tennis championsh­ip in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday.
AP PHOTO RICK RYCROFT Canada’s Bianca Andreescu makes a backhand return during her second round match against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei at the Australian Open tennis championsh­ip in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday.

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