Bianca Andreescu wins in Strasbourg, but withdraws due to injury

The Canadian has pulled out from her upcoming quarterfinal match due to an abdominal injury she incurred during the match.

Bianca Andreescu in a file photo. (Credit: Twitter/@WTA_Strasbourg)

Top seed Bianca Andreescu secured a tricky second-round win over Maryna Zanevska at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Tuesday. Andreescu advanced into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over qualifier Zanevska. However, she withdrew from her next match owing to an abdominal injury she incurred during the match. Elsewhere, Arantxa Rus upset No.2 seed Jessica Pegula in the first round earlier in the day.

After easing her way to victory in the opening set, World No.7 Andreescu was down a break in the second set at 4-2. However, the 2019 US Open champion fought back to win the final four games of the clash. “I’m super happy with the win today,” Andreescu told the media after her victory. “I will be pulling out of my next match, because I did feel a little bit of an ab tear, and I don’t want to push it at all for Roland Garros. I don’t want to take any risks. Nothing serious though. It’s a little discomfort.”

Earlier, the top seed moved ahead by an early break in the second set. But Zanevska launched a fightback. The Belgian broke Andreescu to level the set at 2-2, then broke again for 4-2. However, the Canadian refused to give in and started her comeback to immediately breaking her. At 4-4, she gained another break to make it 5-4 before serving out the match in some style.

However, it was in the second set where Andreescu felt discomfort, preventing her from playing the quarterfinals in Strasbourg. Zanevska, currently ranked 259th, had beaten fellow qualifier Yuliya Hatouka in the opening round. However, she was unable to claim her first Top 10 victory against Andreescu despite having a positive outing in the second set.

Rus stuns Pegula

No.2 seed Jessica Pegula’s Strasbourg campaign came to an abrupt end after Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands upset the World No.29 6-4, 6-4. Wildcard Harmony Tan will be Rus’s next opponent in the second round. Tan had won her first-round match over Alison van Uytvanck, 6-4, 6-4.

Elsewhere, Alize Cornet had to retire from her second-round while trailing No.8 seed Magda Linette 7-6, 3-0 due to an injury. “I felt a really sudden pain in the first game of the match, so it’s really unlucky,” Cornet said later.

“But you know me, I kept playing, I kept trying, and I was even in the position to win the [first] set. But every time I was running, it was quite difficult, and in the second set it got a little bit worse.”

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