“That Was the Most Disappointing Part”: Bianca Andreescu Reflects on Shock Loss at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/10/2021, 12:32 AM 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


Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu opened up on her 2nd-round exit at the Australian Open, saying that though she is gutted to be going out so early in the tournament, she could take heart from the fact that she gave it her all.

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The 2019 US Open champion was forced out by Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei with a 6-3, 6-2 win at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

It was the second-biggest upset following the opening round exit of the 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday.

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Dwelling on her loss, the Canadian revealed that as she came off the court, she looked at her coach and said she gave it very best. She said she told her coach, “I’m just disappointed that today that was my all.”

“Played really well”: Andreescu credits opponent for upset

Andreescu said that the most disappointing aspect of her exit was that she gave it her absolute best and yet finished on the losing side. “…to me, I think that was the most disappointing part,” she added.

However, she wasn’t willing to take anything away from her opponent whom she said “played really well.”

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 Canadian was adamant that her surprise second-round exit wasn’t down to her preparation for the Australian Open or the lack of it as it was the best she has ever had. She said the defeat will only spur her on to hit practice with even more vigor and come back stronger.

“Still have that fighting spirit in me”: Bianca Andreescu

“I think now, it’s just getting back into play, and it’s good to know that I still have that fighting spirit in me,” the current World Number 9 said.

The Taiwanese national was clearly the better player, firing 60 winners to the Canadian’s 48 and converting 6 of her 9 breakpoint opportunities.

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On whether it was tough running into a strong and accomplished opponent in just the 2nd round of the tournament, Andreescu said it’s just the nature of the sport and players have to accept that they can’t pick and choose their opponents.

Even in her opening-round fixture, the Canadian seemed to be struggling to find her groove and even dropped a set before battling past Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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