WATCH: Bianca Andreescu Breaks Down After Fans’ Special Gesture Following WTA Berlin R2 Loss

Published 06/16/2021, 9:43 PM EDT
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 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu did not see a pleasant result on the court on her 21st birthday. In the second round of the WTA Berlin 2021, she lost in two relatively close sets, 7-6(2), 7-5. It was 31-year-old Frenchwoman Alize Cornet who bettered the Canadian in two hours and five minutes.

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As a No. 3 seed in Berlin, Andreescu had received a bye, and so was playing her opening match against Cornet. Notably, it was her first career WTA Tour-level main draw appearance on grass.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Moreover, her last main draw match on grass was in Wimbledon 2017, where she also lost in her first match. In the following year, she failed to qualify for the Championships and since then, had never stepped on the grass.

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Bianca Andreescu breaks down after WTA Berlin 2021 loss

Without a doubt, Andreescu must have entered the court with thoughts about attaining her WTA-level main draw win on grass. Thus, the weight of the loss against Cornet must b heavy on her.

However, the young Canadian fought valiantly as usual in the Steffi Graf Stadium. But it was the double fault errors in the end that sealed her fate in Berlin.

Consequently, Andreescu broke down as she sat on her chair after losing the match. Usually, she might have rushed off the court, but this was not to be the case on her 21st birthday.

Moreover, fans and the announcer sang her the birthday song. And although she was discouraged, she regrouped herself and gave her appreciation.

Before Berlin, Andreescu had also crashed out in the opening round at French Open 2021. Hence, the pressure to win is also be piling up on her.

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Next target for Andreescu: Wimbledon Championships 2021

From here on, the Canadian would only have the Wimbledon Championships 2021 in her sight. Hopefully, she might get her first win in the biggest grass-court tournament.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

But given her fewer match reps, her off-rhythm performances are understandable. As Bianca spends more time on the court, her fluency will also return.

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For now, the Canadian has to take a short break and return to training for the third Grand Slam of the year because the outcome in Wimbledon will strongly impact her confidence.

All in all, Andreescu is one of the most promising young players on the WTA Tour, and fans will hope that she finds her desired rhythm soon.

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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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