Bianca Andreescu to Crash Out of WTA Top-10 Rankings After US Open 2021 Loss

Published 09/07/2021, 7:02 AM EDT
Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after losing a point against Harriet Dart of Great Britain (not pictured) during second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.


The No.6 seed Bianca Andreescu crashed out of the 2021 US Open after a grueling fourth-round match. Despite winning the opening set, Andreescu lost to Maria Sakkari 7-6, 6-7, 3-6, with the terrific battle lasting three and a half hours.

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The captivating match kept the New York crowd at the edge of their seats and finished at 2:13 am. It set a new record as the latest-ending women’s singles match in the US Open, dismantling the previous holder between Madison Keys and Alison Riske in 2016, which finished at 1:46 am.

Aug 12, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a shot against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia (not pictured) during third round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bianca Andreescu drops out of the Top-10 ranking

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After suffering a tough fourth-round defeat, Andreescu will drop out of the Top-10 WTA rankings. Currently ranked World No.7, the Canadian would drop thirteen places to World No.20 when the rankings come out next week.

Andreescu entered the Top-10 rankings after clinching her first-ever Grand Slam at the 2019 US Open. Since then, she has remained within the Top-10 rankings, marking a two-year period. However, when the updated rankings come out next week, Andreescu would drop outside the Top-10 for the first time since September 8, 2019.

During the first week, Andreescu defeated Viktorija Golubic, Lauren Davis, and Greet Minnen in the first three rounds, respectively. In fact, her fourth-round loss to Sakkari marked her first-ever defeat at the US Open since her debut in 2019 (last year she didn’t compete because of injury).

The last eighteen months have been hard for Andreescu, she had to battle COVID-19 issues, injuries, and split with coach Sylvain Bruneau.

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Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada serves to Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in a first round match on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, Andreescu started training with a new coach Sven Groeneveld, whose previous clients include Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Tommy Haas, and Maria Sharapova.

As for Sakkari, she has entered the quarterfinals of the US Open for the first time in her career. Up next, the Greek faces the No.4 seed, Karolina Pliskova, for a place in the semifinals of the tournament.

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With many past US Open champions already ousted, there will be a new U.S. Open women’s champion this year.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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