Medicine Hat News
Bianca falls in straight sets
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.