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SportsRosie DiManno: Bianca Andreescu looks in the mirror and finds a way to beat her clone at Rogers Cup

11:21  08 august  2019
11:21  08 august  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Bianca Andreescu was in a fury. That was so outwardly apparent to anybody watching her Centre Court second-round match, a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 win over Which is where 19-year-old Andreescu , riding the high of vaulting to world No. 27, found herself Wednesday afternoon at the Rogers Cup , across

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Rosie DiManno: Bianca Andreescu looks in the mirror and finds a way to beat her clone at Rogers Cup© MARK BLINCH Bianca Andreescu beat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

Every little flex she made. Every little sotto voce razz she gave — to herself.

Bianca Andreescu was in a fury.

That was so outwardly apparent to anybody watching her Centre Court second-round match, a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 win over Daria Kasatkina.

“Yeah, at 5-3, I think I lost four games in a row.” Five, actually. “I was really, really pissed. I took all that anger and just put it in my shots. That’s why I think my shots were more effective.”

So, as a country gets to better know its new tennis darling, Canadians have learned this much: She’s a pistol, if at times aiming it inward. Although, for anybody paying attention these past several months, it’s been quite obvious that the teenager is made of sandpaper stuff.

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She is at her best, the record will show, in three-set matches. Back against the wall, all the must-win clichés.

Which is where 19-year-old Andreescu, riding the high of vaulting to world No. 27, found herself Wednesday afternoon at the Rogers Cup, across the net from a Russian 22-year-old who had, in the previous round, knocked off former No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Of course, it seems like everybody’s been doing that lately, including Andreescu, who managed it twice, in back-to-back weeks, most impressively in a brassy final triumph at Indian Wells, the teen’s maiden WTA title in March.

Mississauga-born and raised, Andreescu was clearly coping with the after-effects of her emotional match and three-set triumph over compatriot Genie Bouchard the night before, which had been hard-fought and lengthy and draining.

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“It wasn’t an easy match and I had a short recovery time,” Andreescu said. “I tried my best to get as much treatment as I can and as much sleep.”

It helped, of course, to be home and cooled out at the family’s residence, a 15-minute ride from the Aviva Centre, in her own bed, topped up with her mother’s cooking. But still.

“It did catch up with me, especially in the third set.”

Her most impressive set, placing aside the weariness, re-energized with rage, thrusting away from the edge of elimination at 5-3, breaking and holding serve and breaking, winning a dozen straight points, then blasting a ball on match point, inducing an error from the Russian, and clinching a third-round slot, there to face — for the first time — No. 5 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

A partisan crowd had her back at the crucial juncture against the world No. 40, formerly in the top 10.

“Definitely the crowd helped. They helped me push myself even more, just knowing that the crowd is behind you.”

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Bianca Andreescu began her day Saturday the same way she started every morning during her run to the By meditating and visualizing how she could beat her next opponent. Those practices, adopted by the Canadian "I just find ways to deal with that so I'm prepared for anything that comes my way .

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It was an intriguing confrontation. This Canadian and this Russian are near clones in their preferred approach to tennis, their co-strategies of shot variety, change of pace, height on the ball and disrupting rhythm.

“Now I know how people feel when they play me,” Andreescu laughed. “She likes to change the rhythm and that’s what I’ve been working on the most, because I know players don’t like that. Basically, we played each other at our own game.”

Through two sets, Andreescu’s left thigh was heavily taped. This was a precautionary measure to protect a sore groin, the result of that encounter with Bouchard. “She hits so hard and so flat, I was basically squatting the whole match.”

She was rotating her shoulder yesterday — that’s become more of a habit than anything, a consequence of the rotator cuff injury that sidelined Andreescu seven weeks ago, when she retired from her second-round French Open match and passed on Wimbledon. Loosened up, fire in her veins, Andreescu prevailed with close-out sizzle.

“When I just stay relaxed and I go for my shots, and that’s what I did towards the end, I think that’s what helped me win today. Because I felt that she was holding back a lot.

“And I was just on top of everything.”

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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