An­dreescu makes it 14 in a row

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS -

BEI­JING — Bianca An­dreescu had two rea­sons to smile Mon­day.

The Cana­dian ten­nis star from Mis­sis­sauga won her first match since tri­umph­ing at the U.S. Open on Sept. 7.

And An­dreescu also found out she has se­cured a spot in the WTA Tour Fi­nals later this month.

An­dreescu, 19, over­came a rocky sec­ond set to beat Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich of Be­larus, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, in the first round of the China Open.

Her 14th win in a row came hours af­ter the WTA said she had locked down one of eight berths in the sea­son-end­ing Fi­nals, Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 in Shenzhen, China.

“I’m on a roll right now. Hope­fully I can just keep it up be­cause I think it gives me a lot of con­fi­dence,” An­dreescu said.

The 60th-ranked Sas­novich had her chances against the world No. 6, but notched just four of 16 break points.

An­dreescu, from Mis­sis­sauga, won 70 per cent of her points on first serve, as com­pared to 56 per cent for Sas­novich.

It was An­dreescu’s 13th win in a row in a three-set match.

Next for An­dreescu is a re­match of a U.S. Open quar­ter­fi­nal against Elise Mertens of Bel­gium.

Else­where, for­mer topranked play­ers Venus Wil­liams and Si­mona Halep both lost in the sec­ond round.

Wil­liams lost, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to ninth-seeded Belinda Ben­cic of Switzer­land, who saved two match points in the fi­nal set to out­last the seven-time Grand Slam champ de­spite mak­ing 40 un­forced er­rors in the match.

She will next face the win­ner of sev­enth-seeded Pe­tra Kvi­tova and Kristina Mlade­n­ovic in the round of 16.

Halep, the reign­ing Wim­ble­don cham­pion, lost, 6-2, 6-3, to un­seeded Rus­sian Eka­te­rina Alexan­drovam, who earned just her sec­ond ca­reer win against a top-10 op­po­nent.

Halep was play­ing on back-to­back days af­ter de­feat­ing Swe­den’s Re­becca Peter­son on Sun­day.

The Ro­ma­nian has been nurs­ing a back in­jury that forced her to re­tire at Wuhan last week.

“It was a tough one to­day. I didn’t re­cover well af­ter my first match, so it was very tough for me to play and she played re­ally well,” Halep said.

“The in­jury from Wuhan, it’s get­ting worse, so I have to go home and take an MRI ... take a break and do some treat­ment,” she said.

Caro­line Woz­ni­acki cruised past Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Lau­ren Davis.

LINTAO ZHANG GETTY IM­AGES

Bianca An­dreescu of Canada makes a shot against Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich of Be­larus in the women’s sin­gles first round of the 2019 China Open in Bei­jing on Mon­day. An­dreescu won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

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