Canada’s Bianca Andreescu out of National Bank Open after loss to China’s Zheng

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

Published Thursday, August 11, 2022 3:49PM EDT

Last Updated Thursday, August 11, 2022 10:22PM EDT

TORONTO – Canada’s Bianca Andreescu misplaced to China’s Zheng Qinwen 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, as she was eradicated from the National Bank Open on Thursday.

Andreescu, from close by Mississauga, Ont., was the final Canadian enjoying within the ladies’s tennis event.

Felix Auger-Aliassime is the one Canadian left within the males’s occasion in his hometown of Montreal.

Zheng will play Karolina PliÅ¡kova of the Czech Republic on Friday within the WTA event’s quarterfinal.

It was the primary time the 53rd ranked Andreescu had performed world No. 51 Zheng.

Andreescu gained the 2019 version of the occasion when it was final held in Toronto, incomes the victory after all-time nice Serena Williams retired from the match due to harm.

Trailing 5-4 within the first set, Andreescu dropped a volley nicely out of Zheng’s attain to go up 40-0 within the match’s tenth sport. The sensible play drew loud cheers from the partisan crowd at Sobeys Stadium after which Andreescu’s first ace of the match tied the set 5-5.

The crowd included Toronto Blue Jays infielders Santiago Espinal and Bo Bichette in addition to Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse.

A Zheng ace made it 6-5 after which, after a prolonged rally, the Chinese participant used an overhead smash to win the set 7-5.

Andreescu made probably the most of her dwelling court docket benefit, egging the gang on after essential factors within the second set.

She pumped her fist and yelled after Zheng’s return on sport level was nicely previous the baseline. Then Andreescu threw her arms up, encouraging followers to cheer when Zheng’s return was lengthy on set level.

That momentum didn’t carry into the third set, with Andreescu shortly falling behind 3-1.

Although Andreescu gained a sport level, incomes her chants of “Let’s go Bi-bi!” she gave up three break factors as Zheng took a 4-2 lead. A tough forehand smash to the other court docket by Zheng added to that benefit.

Zheng put the match away on a double break level when Andreescu charged the online and the 19-year-old Chinese participant put the ball deep however in.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland was shocked by Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 earlier within the day. The unseeded Haddad Maia had already upset Thirteenth-seeded Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., on Wednesday.

Haddad Maia will face the winner of the Round of 16 match between Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza in a quarterfinal on Friday.

Serving was a problem for Swiatek with 9 double faults to Haddad Maia’s one. The top-ranked participant from Poland stated that the swirling gusts within the bowl-shaped stadium had been a problem for her.

“Right now it’s hard to say if it was more her game or the wind that really messed up my first set,” stated Swiatek, who was enjoying Haddad Maia for the primary time. “I feel she simply used the circumstances higher than me.

“When she was playing with the wind she was playing really strong balls and sometimes I was late for them.”

The wind was additionally a consider Coco Gauff’s win within the afternoon. The American moved on to the quarterfinals with an entertaining and error-filled 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over Aryna Sabalenka.

Both gamers struggled with the circumstances at Sobeys Stadium, with Sabalenka committing 18 double faults and Gauff hitting into 15. Sabalenka had 42 unforced errors general, whereas Gauff had 32.

Gauff will face Romania’s Simona Halep within the quarterfinals. Halep, a two-time Canadian Open champion, defeated Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-2, 7-5 to start the day’s slate of matches at Centre Court.

Later, seventh seed Jessica Pegula of the United States got here again from a set down to defeat defending champion Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Pegula saved match level to tie the third set 5-5, then broke to take the lead on Giorgi’s sixth double fault of the match. Pegula served to love within the last sport to transfer on to the quarterfinals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Aug. 11, 2022.

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