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Bianca Andreescu Beats Alize Cornetto To Advance To The Third Round

Canadian Bianca Andreescu returns a shot to Alize Cornet on Wednesday night at the National Bank Open at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto.
Bianca Andreescu of Canada was shot Wednesday night by Alizee Cornette at the National Bank Open at Soby's Stadium in Toronto. Photo by John E. Sokolowski /USA TODAY Sports

Bianca Andreescu finds success at home continued Wednesday night with her second-round win over Alizee Cornette at the National Bank Open.

The 22-year-old Canadian is back on a full schedule after missing most of her last two seasons, and Soby's is back amidst the buzz over the loss of Serena. won her court at the center of the stadium. Williams in the previous game, and goodbye to her city.

Andreescu and her 32-year-old Frenchwoman Cornet traded service her breaks for the fifth time in a row. Both barely managed a point on their second serve. But she held on and was able to take a 6-3 lead after Andreescu eventually took her hold and took her 4-2 lead in the first set.

Unlike her match the previous night against Daria Kasatkina, where she suffered from nausea and dizziness, Andreescu looked comfortable and confident, Cornette made her work for her points. The Canadian got her break on serve early in the second set, but Cornette got her break back on serve and she took a 4-3 lead. She held on and took the set her 6-4.

Andreescu took the lead again in the third set. Still, she was doing what she did during a great season in 2019, mixing up shots, being aggressive, and forcing issues. was enough to take Andreescu is still undefeated in Toronto before winning the 2019 title here.

She will face her Qinwen Zheng of China in the Round of 16 on Thursday night.


Layla of Canada Her Annie Fernandez lost in her second round to Beatriz Haddad of Brazil her Maia to her Toronto I saw a shortened comeback.

Haddad Maia, ranked 24thon the WTA Tour, beat Fernandez, ranked 13thwith a big serve but two months later. Defensively, she made her first tournament appearance after being laid off due to an injury.

This Brazilian won her three or more of her quarters of service her points in a straight set victory (7-6, 6-1). , never faced a break her point. Fernandez faced nine break points, of which she was able to save five.

Haddad Maia led with an early break in the first set, but her Fernandez fought back in the closing stages to take the set to a tiebreak. The match took a turn when the Canadian lost his fourth straight point in the tiebreak, allowing Haddad Maia to win her 7-4. She then did a quick job on the second set.

After taking some time off, Fernandez returned to the court of the National Her Banks Open to play doubles with her sister Bianca. Her sister lost it too.

"Today she just finished with two losses, so it's a bit difficult," Fernandez said. "But no, I'm just happy to finally be back in competition and testing not just my legs, but my body," she said. "And I feel great in my body. Of course, it's not at the level we want, but at least I know I need to work on it. So that's the main thing."

Fernandez is set to play in the finals before the US Open in Cincinnati next week, and last year she reached the final in Grand Style, losing to arriving on tennis' main stage. She there to Emma Ladukanu.

The Fernandez sisters won Tuesday's opener, giving Bianca her first victory at her WTA level.

"She was so happy to be on the court with her," Leila Fernandez said of Bianca, who is 18 and a year younger than her.

"And this time on the same side of the net, we didn't play face-to-face or practice."


All National Bank Open players were questioned after Serena Williams' farewell essay was published Tuesday Legend at post-match press conference about. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who had just reached the end of Williams' modern career at the age of 21, said she missed the tour "when she was winning everything". "On the one hand, I'm pretty sad," he said.

"But on the other hand, I would probably have been the player to lose to her in the quarterfinals, so I'm fine with that," she said Swiatek. A point of honesty.

Swiatek didn't play his first game in Toronto until Wednesday afternoon. She overtook her qualifier Alja Tomljanovic in her set (6-1, 6-2) in the straight. In the Round of 16 she will face Beatriz Haddad Maia.

When asked about her first return to Toronto since she was a teenager, she is now a top-ranked player in the world. Swiatek replied:

Again, let's be honest.

She's in 'MOM MODE'

Serena as her daughter Olympia watches from the stands after Williams wins the match here on Monday She said she was surprised to see

"I saw her in the first half of the first set. Then I went into mom mode. Is she wearing sunscreen?'' It was the first time her daughter had seen her game in person, she said.

"So it happened in Toronto." It's kind of cool, but I wasn't expecting it." Receive the latest headlines, stories, opinions and photos from the Toronto Sun in your tray.

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