9–7 IN THE THIRD! Bianca Andreescu Stunned by World No. 85 Tamara Zidansek at French Open 2021 Opener in 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Published 05/31/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
Bianca Andreescu of Canada walks off the court after withdrawing from her Women’s Singles match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic due to an injury to her left leg on Day Four of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 30, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


World No.7 Bianca Andreescu was stunned by World No.85 Tamara Zidansek in a long and grueling first-round match at French Open 2021. The match ran over three hours in duration as Bianca’s short clay court season came to an end. The scorecard read – 7-6(1), 6-7(2), 9-7.

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Bianca Andreescu wins the first set against Tamara Zidansek at French Open 2021

Bianca got a quick break against Zidansek early on. Early signs showed that Bianca was anticipating the ball well as she led 2-0. Both the players were being aggressive as they exchanged some great rallies. However, Bianca had the killer instinct and broke Zidansek again to lead the opening set 3-0.

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Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a forehand. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

But Zidansek also didn’t let go as she continued forward with her attack and broke Andreescu to cut the deficit 3-1. Bianca again had multiple break points, but Zidansek saved them all and later won a 15 shot rally to bring the set to 3-2. The longer rallies were going to Tamara, whose comeback was complete as she led the opening set 4-3.

Zidansek would then take the opening set to 5-4. Serving at 5-4, Bianca gave a few errors and Zidansek saw a set point. But Andreescu did well to negate the threat and eventually took the set into a tiebreaker. Bianca quickly took a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker. Multiple unforced errors from Zidansek and smart serving from Bianca gave the Canadian the tiebreaker, 7-1, and the set 7-6.

Comeback from Tamara Zidansek

As the first set was close, the start of the second set was also disciplined. Both the players played short points and held their serves at 1-1. However, multiple double faults from Bianca gave Zidansek an opening, and the Canadian lost her serve.

Andreescu then returned Zidansek’s serve with venom and took the break back. Continuing the exchange of breaks, Andreescu gave the advantage back to Zidansek as she failed to hold her serve, and the latter led 3-2.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada serves. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Zidansek increased her lead to 4-2. But then serving at 4-3, she again had to face Andreescu’s fierce returns. Bianca brought the set back on serve. At the tense juncture at 5-5, a few bad serves from Andreescu gave Zidansek the break and a chance to serve for the match. But Zidansek’s opportunity was thwarted and the second set went into a tiebreaker.

This time Zidansek had stormed to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker. Soon she reached 6-2 and hit a strong winner to take the tiebreaker, 7-2, and the set, 7-6.

Marathon third set for Bianca Andreescu

Zidansek was much better on her serve than Bianca. Leading at 2-1, she had lost only one point of her service in the final set and saw three break points, but Bianca saved them. The final set quickly reached 4-4 as Andreescu settled herself.

However, a lapse in concentration from Zidansek gave Bianca three break points at 4-4. Andreescu converted the second one to serve for the match at 5-4. But as her backhand was leaking points and unfortunately she couldn’t serve out the match and Zidansek broke her to stay in the match, 5-5.

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As Zidansek quickly finished her service, Bianca was put in a spot while serving at 5-6. Multiple errors from forehand and backhand from Bianca helped Zidansek see a match point. However, Bianca’s serve saved her and the set was leveled at 6-6.

The match extended as both players fought hard. At 7-7, Bianca saw a couple of break points, but couldn’t convert as Zidansek led 8-7. As Bianca was tired her serve dropped and quickly Zidansek saw two match points she converted them to advance ahead.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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