•   
  •   
  •   

SportsAndreescu continues hot streak, qualifies for Aussie Open

14:55  11 january  2019
14:55  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Andreescu dropped in 2nd round at Aussie Open

Andreescu dropped in 2nd round at Aussie Open Andreescu dropped in 2nd round at Aussie Open

Up next for Andreescu is a second-round showdown with Greece’s Valentini Grammatikopoulou, who beat Irina Bara of Romania 6-3 6-2. The world No.230 trounced top seed and two-time Australian Open semifinalist Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 in her Grand Slam qualifying debut.

Australian Open 2019 has many surprises in store and a rich array of offerings as the greatest sports and entertainment event in January. Zvonareva among big names set for Australian Open qualifying .

MELBOURNE, Australia - Bianca Andreescu has followed up her wins last week over defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and seven-time major winner Venus Williams by qualifying for the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

The 18-year-old Canadian would like to follow it up with another win over a big-name player — like No. 1 Simona Halep or Serena Williams.

First things first, though. After beating Tereza Smitkova on Friday to earn a spot in the main draw of a major for only the second time — her first was at Wimbledon in 2017 — Andreescu ended up with a first-round match against American wild-card entry Whitney Osuigwe, who finished last year ranked No. 226.

Canada’s Andreescu advances to 2nd round of Australian Open qualifiers

Canada’s Andreescu advances to 2nd round of Australian Open qualifiers Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday when her opponent Katie Swan retired from their first-round match. The post Canada downs Russia in round-robin finale at U18 women’s worlds appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday when her opponent Katie Swan retired from their first-round match.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday when her opponent Katie Swan Learn more or change your cookie preferences. Rogers Media supports the Digital Advertising Alliance principles. By continuing to use our service

They're in the same half as Halep and seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams, but in the lower quarter.

"With what happened last week, I think I can get pretty far into next week," said Andreescu, who was leading 6-0, 4-1 when Smitkova retired with an injury. "And I'm just using momentum from last week. Hopefully I can do that next week as well.

"I think I used it pretty well in the qualifying matches, so I'm really pleased."

Andreescu reached the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand last week, beating Wozniacki, Venus Williams and third-seeded Hsieh Su-wei before losing to Julia Goerges in three sets.

She raced from Auckland to Melbourne to enter qualifying, something she's hoping her rise up the rankings will help her avoid at the next major.

Canadian Andreescu advances to ASB Classic final

Canadian Andreescu advances to ASB Classic final Canadian Andreescu advances to ASB Classic final

Astra Sharma sprung the biggest upset of Australian Open qualifying so far, eliminating top-seeded Vera Zvonareva in straight sets, while there were also wins for Auckland runner-up Bianca Andreescu and doubles World No.1 Barbora Krejcikova.

Andreescu has now made two straight Major semifinal appearances in singles and continues the streak of a Canadian junior appearing in a Major final, dating back to Felix Auger-Aliassime’s runner-up performance at Roland Garros 2016. The future remains bright for Canada’s young talent.

"My goal was to, at the beginning of the year, was to get into the French Open main draw right away — not having to go through qualies," she said. "I think I'm one step closer to that."

Andreescu moved up 45 places last week to No. 107, and attracted a lot of attention at home.

"Definitely, yeah. I'm getting a lot of messages. I'm getting a lot of followers, especially from politicians, which really amazed me," she said. "It's really an honour — I'm really grateful for everyone's support.

"I got a message from a little girl, just saying that she's starting to play tennis because of me. That was pretty amazing."

It was some advice a couple of years ago from Halep, who told her to play more pro events rather than juniors, that helped set Andreescu on her way.

"I think I'm getting more and more experience playing on big stages, and I think that's going to be help me with everything," Andreescu said. "It's amazing. It's my second time qualifying for a major. I'm really pleased with my game right now. and how my body is holding up, and my mental, too."

Andreescu into second Aus Open qualifier

Andreescu into second Aus Open qualifier Andreescu into second Aus Open qualifier

Andreescu has now made two straight Major semifinal appearances in singles and continues the streak of a Canadian junior appearing in a Major final, dating back to Felix Auger-Aliassime’s runner-up performance at Roland Garros 2016. The future remains bright for Canada’s young talent.

Teenager Bianca Andreescu 's hotstreak continues , makes Auckland final. Seven days ago, Andreescu entered the qualifying rounds of the Classic, unheralded and hoping to get in a few matches before chancing her arm in qualifying at the Australian Open .

On the men's side, 22-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had a 6-4, 6-4 win over Canadian Peter Polanski to earn his spot in the main draw after contentiously missing out on a qualifying spot following a series of injuries.

Kokkinakis, who notched a win over Roger Federer last year, later said missing out on the wild card certainly served as motivation. He will play Taro Daniel of Japan in the first round.

Dan Evans, who hit a spinning-around backhand winner early in the qualifying tournament that is an early contender for shot of the year, qualified for his first major since returning from a 12-month ban for a doping infringement last year when he beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-3. He will open against fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito.

___

More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Canada's Bianca Andreescu advances in Australian Open qualifying.
Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu needs one more win to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time in her career after getting through the second round of Australian Open qualifying on Thursday. Andreescu, 18, made short work of Valentini Grammatikopoulou, winning 6-4, 6-1. The Canadian, who is seeded fourth in the qualifying tournament, now faces 26th-seeded Tereza Smitkova. The winner earns a spot in the Australian Open women's singles event, which begins in a few days. Andreescu has risen to No. 107 in the world rankings after reaching the final of a tournament last week.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!