MADRID – A two-part Sunday for the Canadians at the Madrid Open. The day started with a superb victory for Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu but continued with the elimination of Leila Fernandez of Quebec.
Andreescu crushed American eighth seed Danielle Collins 6-1 6-1 in the morning’s second round match.
Hours later, in a duel south, 17th-seeded Fernandez lost in straight sets 6-4 6-4 to Switzerland’s Gilles Teichmann in a 90-minute showdown.
Andreescu needed just 69 minutes to reach the third round, where she will face Jessica Pegula, also of America, in a match scheduled for Tuesday.
World number 14 Pegula beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
“I knew I had to do really well because (Colins) had a hit lately. I wasn’t expecting it to turn out like this at all,” Andreescu said in comments posted on the WTA website, but I stuck with my game plan and it worked.
After saving a break point in the second game, Andreescu took the lead in the first set by winning the next game on Collins’ serve. The Canadian did it again in the fifth and seventh games of the opening set.
Andreescu’s supremacy continued with two breaks, en route to a 4-0 lead in the second set. This is where the only Canadian failed the day she broke Collins.
Andreescu immediately responded with his sixth break in the match before finishing the duel on his serve on match point three.
“What I did really well today was to stay in the present, and I said to myself that the match only ended at 6.-1, 4-1. She started hitting the ball hard, sometimes it fell in play, sometimes it didn’t. What I tried to do was clever Because it put too much pressure on me.Andreescu also said: “If I couldn’t stand it, she would have been back in the game.”
Since handing the second set to American Alison Riske in the first round of the tournament, Andreescu, ranked 111th in the world, has won 18 of his next 20 matches.
This win will ensure Andreescu advances among the top 100 players.
“I am trying to go up the hill and the other day we thought it would be good if it didn’t take a lot of matches to get there. I was happy to be back in this area and find all the tics that have helped me in my previous matches. It really helps. Even small gestures like touching the line Or hitting his sneakers with his racket, that helps a lot.
For his part, Fernandes received a break in the third game of the opening set, and Tishman managed to protect him to win the first set in 43 minutes.
Both players exchanged breaks in the first two matches of Group Two. Then they were able to protect their serve until Fernandez failed in the ninth game when she sent a backhand into the net.
The Swiss went on to score four points on her serve in the next match, the last after a long backhand from Quebec.
Tishman will play her next match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, who qualified for the next round after the withdrawal of the Czech Katerina Sinyakova. Rybakina won the first seven matches when Synyakova abdicated.
In another match, Ukrainian Anilina Kalinina beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-0 in another match in the second round.
In the third round, Kalinina will face Britain’s Emma Radokano, who had no difficulty beating Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 6-1.
Russia’s Daria Kasatkina also got her ticket to the third round when she came from behind to defeat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. She will face Spain’s Sarah Soribes Tormo, who defeated Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1.