Canadian Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the Strasbourg Open on Tuesday after sustaining an belly damage in her second-round win over Belgian qualifiers Maryna Zanevska.
Andreescu, who accomplished the 6-1, 6-4 win in 65 minutes, stated she felt a slight ache in her facet within the second set. Calling it “a little bit discomfort”, she added that she did not need to threat making it worse earlier than the upcoming French Open.
“I do not suppose it is critical,” Andreescu stated in a video name to reporters after the sport. “However like previously, I went by plenty of accidents and I solely [made] they worse.
“I need to be taught from these errors. That is why I do not need to put it off earlier than a Grand Slam.”
Andreescu, world quantity 7 from Mississauga, Ontario, scored two straight wins on the WTA 250-level event on her return after a seven-week absence. The clay court docket occasion serves as preparation for the second Grand Slam of the tennis season.
“I did all the things precisely as I needed, with my serve, with my return, with my heavy blows on the clay, my motion, all of that,” she stated.
“So I am very pleased with these two video games towards the French.”
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Andreescu suffered a foot damage within the Miami Open closing final month and examined constructive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Spain in the beginning of the clay court docket season.
She didn’t play a aggressive recreation for 15 months after tearing the meniscus in her left knee on the WTA closing in October 2019. The damage hampered Andreescu in early 2020 and he or she refused to return when the WTA tour resumed after a break in play final 12 months because of the pandemic.
Little expertise on sand on the elite stage
The 2019 US Open champion improved to 11: 3 in 2021.
Andreescu could not pinpoint when she first felt discomfort on Tuesday, solely that she felt it for the primary time after serving.
She did not need to wait to see how she felt on Wednesday earlier than deciding to retire.
“I’ve achieved this previously and it simply by no means goes my manner,” she stated.
The French Open are a clay court docket occasion – a floor on which Andreescu has little expertise on the highest stage. Tuesday’s win was simply Andreescu’s third win on clay on the WTA / Grand Slam ranges.
“It is good to be again first and play on clay,” she stated. “Numerous the preparations earlier than that had been actually nice. I feel I’ve proven that in my video games.
“Hopefully I can convey that momentum to the following event and proceed to attain some wins.”
The highest participant within the draw alongside the best-filled Andreescu was eradicated on Tuesday.
Jessica Pegula from the USA, the quantity 2, dropped a 6-4, 6-4 choice towards Arantxa Rus from the Netherlands.
Marino shortly retired in French Open qualifying
Canadian Rebecca Marino was eradicated from the French Open qualifier after dropping within the first spherical.
Marino from Vancouver misplaced 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 towards Claire Liu from the USA in Paris on Tuesday.
Liu moved to eight of 18 break level alternatives when she received the primary of three video games required to qualify for the second Grand Slam of the 12 months.
Marino, ranked 252 on this planet, is not going to play in her second Grand Slam in a row.
The Canadian certified for the Australian Open to succeed in her first Grand Slam since 2013 and in addition received her match within the first spherical.
Marino helped Canada beat Serbia with a single win within the Billie Jean King Cup Playoffs.
Canadians Carol Zhao and Steven Diez will play qualifiers for the second spherical on Wednesday.