“Been Struggling a Lot This Past Year”: Bianca Andreescu Gets Emotional After US Open R1 Victory

Published 09/01/2021, 1:14 AM EDT
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


Enthralling action graced the courts of New York as day 2 of the US Open was up and running. So far, the tournament had already surpassed expectations with drama, disputes, and dazzling tennis on display. Fans were enjoying every bit of the action as their stars battled it out on the court for a shot at the ultimate glory. Now, they geared up for yet another exciting outing as Canada’s Bianca Andreescu took on Swiss international Viktorija Golubic.

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Canadian sensation, Bianca Andreescu returned to a court where she has a rich history, ready to face Viktorija Golubic in the first round of the US Open 2021. As the two WTA stars prepared for battle, the crowd gave them a roaring welcome. The stakes were high for Andreescu as a loss would be mean a drop from the top 20 rankings. Hence, fans were expecting a fierce outing. Safe to say, with a 3 set thriller on display, they delivered as promised.

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First set thriller, second set comeback

21-year-old Bianca was the undoubted favorite going into the game. Having won the 2019 edition of the tournament, loving fans welcomed her back for the first time since then with a thumping ovation. Notably, she reciprocated their admiration with some phenomenal tennis, putting her astonishing backhand on display. Golubic meant business, making life difficult for Andreescu but not enough to topple the former champion.

Andreescu’s dominance and lethal attacking were rewarded with a first-set win over her 28-year-old counterpart. For a chance at resurrection, Golubic had to put her experience to best use.

Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada returns a shot against 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

Going into the second set, it was now or never for the Swiss international. Realizing the importance of her last chance, she went all guns blazing against a rather weak Bianca. Mid-game, Bianca seemed to be struggling with the heat, as she took a minute to breathe with the physio out. Taking advantage of her opponent’s setback, Gobulic upped her game, winning the second set quite comfortably.

As the scoreline tied at 5-7, 6-4, a thriller third set was on the cards.

Bianca Andreescu for the win

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Going into the third set, the odds were even for both. Throughout the game, Bianca smashed 6 aces to her counterparts none. She recorded 73% wins on her first serve and 60% wins on her second serve. Not far behind, Golubic recorded 67% on her first serve and 60% on her second serve as well. The Swiss player won 99 points throughout the game, against her opponent’s 107.

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However, after over two hours of intense, breathtaking tennis, the crowd was handed its deserving winner. The World No. 7 lived up to her rank as she beat Golubic 5-7, 6-4, 5-7. The Canadian was overwhelmed by her victory at one of her favorite locations after a year of struggle. The Swiss bowed out of the tournament in style as Bianca marched into the next round.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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