Fans Troll Bianca Andreescu Over Her Unawareness Regarding Rule Changes at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/26/2021, 6:31 PM EDT
Bianca Andreescu of Canada serves in the Women’s Singles group match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Day four of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 30, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


The Miami Open 2021 has just begun, and World No.9 Bianca Andreescu was up against Tereza Martincova in the first round. In an epic encounter, it was Martincova who performed brilliantly under pressure. She didn’t lose her cool at any point and won the match in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(5), 6-2.

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While the match was going on, something intriguing took place on the court. In the first set, Bianca Andreescu, while going for a shot, suddenly withdrew from it and looked at the chair umpire.

She stopped the play and asked the chair umpire for a challenge. When she appealed, Martincova’s reaction was quite a unique one as if she was completely surprised.

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Andreescu stopping and then Martincova’s reaction 😂 #MiamiOpen https://t.co/XOg4tANUJq pic.twitter.com/wplwg09AcZ

— Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) March 26, 2021

Fans on Twitter are trolling and making fun of Bianca for the same. When she tried to challenge the call, the chair umpire reminded her that the Hawkeye Live system has replaced the challenge system.

It looks as if she wasn’t fully aware of the rule change, and thus, fans got the opportunity to mock her.

Andreescu: “Stop!”

Paula Vieira Souza: “You don’t have challenge, Bianca. The Hawk-Eye Live system will stop the point of the ball is out.”

Andreescu: “You’re right.”

— Ed Salmon (@fogmount) March 26, 2021

Bianca realized her mistake soon and agreed with the chair umpire. Whatever be the case, it was a moment of fun for both Martincova and fans.

Set-1: Bianca Andreescu survives a close tie-breaker

Serving first, Tereza Martincova won the first game of the match quite easily. However, Bianca Andreescu struck back and equalized the scoreline in the second game.

It was the fourth game that changed the shifted the momentum towards Martincova; the Czech player broke and extended her lead to 3-1.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates after winning her semi-final game against Su-wei Hsieh of China at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

However, Andreescu, too, broke in the next game to make the margin narrower. Both the players were looking quite solid and were not ready to lose. The Canadian managed to level the scoreline at 3-3 again in the next game.

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Keeping her head down & playing her game.👏

Tereza Martin breaks Andreescu to lead 5-3 in the first.#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/3Nc4c5xvoS

— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 26, 2021

Again, after winning the seventh game, Martincova broke in the eighth game to widen the margin. She was leading 5-3 at this moment. She even managed to earn two set-points in the subsequent game but failed to capitalize on either of them. As a result, Bianca took advantage and won that particular game on her third break-point. She went on to win the next game as well and equalized the scoreline one again at 5-5.

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The game soon entered the tie-breaker and both the players were not ready to lose. However, Andreescu managed to pull off a stunner and won the tiebreaker 7-5. Interestingly, Bianca is also leading in the second set as of now.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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