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Andreescu’s Aussie Open ends with a title

Jan 27, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic
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The last Canadian in Melbourne walked away from the tournament as a champion.

Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine, the No. 3 seeds in girls’ doubles, cruised to a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Chwalinska/Swiatek in the final on Friday afternoon in Melbourne. The pair were able to break their opponents twice in each set, served at 73 per cent for the match and won 43 per cent of receiving points. Their toughest challenge on serve came in the second set when they were broken twice by the Polish pair. A tiebreak seemed inevitable, but the Canadian-American duo were able to reassert themselves and claim the title after 1 hour and six minutes.

The doubles victory happened shortly after Andreescu’s semifinal match in singles. A few hours before she and Branstine lifted their trophy, Andreescu was close to making her first Grand Slam final in girls’ singles, but injury concerns that the 17-year-old had been carrying throughout the week caught up with her in the second set. The No. 7 seed came up just short of upsetting No. 1 Rebeka Masarova in two sets, but the Swiss pushed Andreescu’s limits and ended up winning 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 in 2 hours. It was the first time this week that the Canadian dropped a set and this marked a rough end to Andreescu’s hopes for a maiden Grand Slam title. The good news is that she was able to put the pain aside and win the doubles crown, showing real strength and maturity to comeback so strong.

Andreescu has now made two straight Major semifinal appearances in singles and continues the streak of a Canadian junior appearing in a Major final, dating back to Felix Auger-Aliassime’s runner-up performance at Roland Garros 2016. The future remains bright for Canada’s young talent.