Bianca Andreescu Crashes Out of Australian Open 2021 After Stunning Defeat to Hsieh Su-wei

Published 02/09/2021, 8:38 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu during her second round match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The 8th seed Canadian, Bianca Andreescu, saw doubles World No.1 Hsieh Su-wei in the 2nd round of the Australian Open 2021. And as a result, her return after 15-month to tennis came to a screeching halt. The Canadian star suffered a disappointing 3-6, 2-6 loss at the hands of the 35-year-old.

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The Canadian found her way into this match on the back of a 3-set victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. As for her opponent, the Taiwanese professional won against qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in 2 straight sets 7-5, 6-2.

Bianca Andreescu starts sloppy, loses set one 3-6

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The 2019 US Open champion had been away from tennis since the near-end of 2019. Having withdrawn from the lead-up tournament, she also had fewer matches under her sleeves.

This costed the Canadian star dearly in the first set as she couldn’t hold her first 2 serves. On the other side of the court, the current World No.68 dominated royally.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu reacts during her second-round match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Bianca Andreescu, who won her first game after trailing 0-4 in the first set, could barely make a dent on the Taiwanese professional. She lost the first set 3-6.

It was a total disaster for the Canadian star as she took to the bench for the set break. Undoubtedly, Hsieh Su-wei and her strategy coming into the match was to hit the target on point.

She even displayed how mindful she was amid a Grand Slam match, dropping an unconventional shot to win a point.

Trouble for Bianca as Hsieh magic endures

Unable to level with the game of the 35-year-old Taiwanese professional, Bianca’s sloppy start continued in her do-or-die set. Her out-of-the-court returns, missing easy smashes, were quite uncharacteristic.

However, Su-wei was undeniably creating magic on the court. The 2-time 4th-round qualifier at the Australian Open left it all out on the court, leaving the rising star from Canada in deep trouble.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh in action during her second-round match against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Trailing at 3-6, 1-3, Bianca broke her opponent’s serve, making a statement about her presence in the match. Although she accelerated her game for the next 2 games, the composed Hsieh continued to add points to her account.

The trick for the Taiwanese was to force the Canadian professional to make the errors. Failing distinctly, Bianca gave away most of the points from her own racket.

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In the end, Su-wei concluded the match breaking Andreescu once again. She will play in the 3rd round at the Australian Open 2021.

As for Bianca, the lack of match practice earned her an untimely exit from the Happy Slam. From here on, she has a lot more to do to make her comeback on the tour. It is definitely another great upset coming from Melbourne Park in Australia.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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