In their first-round encounter at the National Bank Open in Toronto on Tuesday, Bianca Andreescu defeated Daria Kasatkina. It took the Canadian two hours and 29 minutes to defeat the 11th seed, who was just off winning the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose last week, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Little separated the two players throughout the game, but Andreescu’s success at hitting winners was a major factor in her victory. The winner of the 2019 US Open had 31 victories, 13 more than Kasatkina’s 18. With this victory, Andreescu has now prevailed in all three of her encounters with the world’s top player.
9. Andreescu will compete against Alize Cornet in the second round.
Naomi Osaka’s heartbreaking exit at National Bank Open
The 2018 champion and another past US Open champion, Naomi Osaka, faced Kaia Kanepi in the first round and had a disappointing outcome.
Due to a back issue that intensified midway through the match, the former world number one was forced to call it quits. When play was suspended by Osaka, Kanepi had a 7-6(4), 3-0 lead. Regarding her health, Osaka said, “I felt my back from the beginning of the match, and while trying my best to push through it, I just wasn’t able to do so today.
I want to congratulate Kaia on her performance and wish her luck for the remainder of the tournament. Garbine Muguruza, the eighth seed, will be the opponent for the Estonian if she wants to advance to the third round. Earlier this year, at the French Open first round, Kanepi overcame Muguruza.
Camila Giorgi, the defending champion, also entered the round of 32. The ninth-seeded Emma Raducanu was defeated by the Italian, 7-6(0), 6-2, in the opening round. Elise Mertens of Giorgi is the next opponent after defeating Anna Bondar 7-6(2), 6-1.
Last but not least, third seed Maria Sakkari defeated Sloane Stephens in three sets in the National Bank Open‘s lone second-round match that was contested on Tuesday. Sakkari defeated the 2017 US Open champion in 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 fashion in two hours and nine minutes.
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