Following over a year of hiatus, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu returned to the WTA tour during the Australian Open swing last month. However, now 20-year-old from Canada bounced back from a set down to defeat Garbine Muguruza to register her most significant win in her comeback at the ongoing Miami Open 2021.
It was one of the most anticipated pre-quarterfinals between two Grand Slam champions. No.8 seed Bianca took two hours and 11 minutes to defeat the in-form No.12 seed Muguruza in the three sets(3-6, 6-3, 6-2).
“It was really tough. She(Muguruza) started out playing really, really well. I don’t think I was at the level I wanted to be right at the start of the match because I knew she was going to come out really, really strong, and that’s what she did,” Bianca said in the post-match press conference.
“I Was Super Happy About That Match Because Even When I’m Down”: Bianca Andreescu
Andreescu landed three aces and won 69% first-serve points to register her seventh victory of the season.
Three-time tour-level title winner continued, “It’s always satisfying getting that three-setter, especially after losing the first set. I was super happy about that match because even when I’m down, I knew this about myself.”
Canadian lead the Spaniard 2-0 in their head-to-head series. And she further added. “I keep proving that to myself, and it’s really nice to get that under my belt. I felt super, super pumped the whole match, considering everything that’s been happening. I’m just super, super happy.”
“Bianca Is Super Young”: Sorribes Tormo on Facing Grand Slam
To reach the last four spots, the former World No.4 will face another Spaniard, Sara Sorribes Tormo, who recently claimed the Abierto De Guadalajara’s title and attained the semifinal at the Monterrey Open.
Andreescu said of World No.58 Sorribes Tormo, “I have seen her play. I know she gets to a lot of balls. She has a very heavy spinny ball. She’s a crazy fighter. I want to go out there and fight even harder, and hopefully, I can do good things.”
When speaking about her next round opponent, Sorribes Tormo said, “Bianca is super young. We see what she did in 2019 was amazing.”
The 24-year-old also predicted, “It will be a tough match, for sure. I’ll try to keep learning, to keep playing good tennis, and I don’t know, just stay there and wait (for) my opportunity if it’s possible.”
Notably, It will be the first meeting between Bianca Andreescu and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the WTA Tour.