Bianca Andreescu happy with first main draw win at Wimbledon


The 22-year-old returned to action in Stuttgart in April after a six-month mental health hiatus.

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Bianca Andreescu said she was delighted to claim her first main draw victory at Wimbledon on the third attempt, five years after a nervous Grand Slam debut on grass.

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The Canadian’s two previous appearances at the All England Club had ended in first-round exits – against Kristina Kucova in 2017 and Alize Cornet last year.

But the 2019 US Open champion needed less than an hour to beat Emina Bektas 6-1 6-3 on Tuesday.

“I was talking to my coach about my first time at Wimbledon, and it was great. In my first three qualifiers, I was killing him,” Andreescu told reporters.

“I go to the main site and completely froze.

“I remember I couldn’t put a forehand down the field. So looking back and finally winning here in the main draw means a lot to me. It was like five years ago.

“It was also my first Grand Slam. I didn’t really think I would really do anything, but now I have bigger dreams.

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The 22-year-old, who returned to play in Stuttgart in April after a six-month mental health hiatus, will face Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in the second round.

“(Rybakina) is playing very good tennis at the moment. I think his game really suits the grass so I expect a tough game,” she added.

“I’ve trained with her a few times – not on the grass – so I know how she hits. I know she fights really hard so I have to fight harder.


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